‘It’s atrocious’ Residents furious as taxi drivers cause blockages by parking on pavements

Residents of a road in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire have reacted with fury to what they say are recurring incidents of taxi drivers parking up on pavements, causing delays and nuisance, making it impossible for pedestrians to pass by.

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One of them is former healthcare worker Colin Matthews who snapped photos of one minivan taxi parked at a nearby mosque on Princess Street, completely blocking the pavement.

He said: “It is a regular thing for these cabs to block access.

“Honestly I think the whole road should just be one-way.

“I go down the road quite often and I always see the cabs parked along the pavement on Princess Street.”

Mr Matthews said the parking caused considerable issues to people attempting to walk to the nearby Burton railway station.

He explained: “There are many times when you’re walking down the road and you think you should be on the path.

“Lots of people walk down to go to Princess Park and I have seen them park in front of the park entrance. It is dangerous for the community.

“They park themselves next to the bollards and block the access. It seems like none of the traffic wardens come down the road. It is atrocious.”

“Cars are parked on both sides of the street and you can’t use the walkway,” he continued.

“It is completely impossible to pass through at times.

“I think it is just one of those things that really needs to be brought to attention.”

And Mr Matthews wants East Staffordshire council to take action against the offending drivers.

He said: “Elderly people are going to town, elderly people are going to Lidl and families are heading down towards the station.

“If there is a taxi minicab that is fully blocking the pavement and not parked sensibly, a family will have to walk out into the road.

“At the end of the day, I pay my taxes and do I park in front of my house on the pavement? No, I don’t.

“I just think that other people think they are more special than us.”

Mr Matthews said he had to change his usual walking habits and worried about the more vulnerable pedestrians in the area.

He said:”I am having to walk on the road more.

‘I always think if a mum with a toddler and a pushchair comes across one of these cabs, then they will have to walk out in the road which is incredibly dangerous.

“It’s just not on, you have to think of the elderly.”

Express.co.uk has reached out to East Staffordshire council for comment.

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