197 motorists were fined for illegally parking along one road at Coombe Abbey Country Park near Coventry on the UK’s ‘hottest day’ last weekend.
Warwickshire Police have said that 197 vehicles were given parking tickets when people parked their cars along Brinklow Road to come out for the sunny day in the park. Drivers were warned about the dangers of blocking the country park’s entrance, verges, and pavements, and given a fixed penalty notice of £30.
Police were called to the area when they received complaints of vehicles parked along the main road causing overcrowding. At 3.30pm the entrance to the car park was closed.
“The warm weather meant that visitor numbers were very high and the car parks were soon full. As a result drivers were parking all along Brinklow Road both towards Brinklow village and in the other direction towards Binley,” Beat manager of Rugby Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team, PC Stuart Baker said.
Warwickshire police said the matter was taken seriously because of the amount of fatal car crashes on Brinklow Road.
“There are parking restrictions along this road, which is very fast and has had a number of serious and fatal collisions.”
“We closed the entrance to prevent further vehicles getting in, and attempted to move on those who were trying to park along the Brinklow Road.”
“We obtained evidence of 197 vehicles which were parked along the road in contravention of parking rules, and will now be working with the Central Ticket Office to issue fixed penalty notices to all of those drivers,” PC Baker added.
“I hope that this is a warning to any other drivers that parking in this way will not be tolerated, and that we will take action against anyone who causes disruption on the roads or poses a danger to other road users.”
Management at Coombe Abbey Country Park is working with the police to prevent a reoccurrence.