Sheffield man’s campaign to highlight bad parking

Photos of parking issues on Greenfield Road near its junction with Meadowhead.
Photos of parking issues on Greenfield Road near its junction with Meadowhead.
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A wheelchair user from Sheffield who has set up a website to shame inconsiderate motorists has welcomed a council campaign to banish problem parking.

But he called for more to be done to educate motorists on the effect bad parking has on other people, especially on those in wheelchairs and with pushchairs.

The man, who uses the alias John Smith after receiving threats about his website, set it up last year after becoming fed up getting stuck behind parked cars blocking the pavements around Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday are playing at home.

John, who is in his late 20s, said: “A friend and I set the group up because we became fed up getting stuck behind cars parked blocking the footpath.

“The worst time is match days as people park wholly on the footpath, double park, or park over drop kerbs.

“If a car is parked inconsiderately then I add it to our website, Twitter and Facebook account, along with the details submitted. The only things I blur are faces and other people’s registrations.”

Members of the public who see a vehicle parked inconsiderately – blocking pavements, drop-down kerbs, disabled bays or multiple parking bays – can take a photograph and submit details to appear in the ‘rogues gallery’ on the website.

Motorists who feature but make contact and apologise are removed.

But those who are spotted more than once are added to the gallery permanently.

South Yorkshire Police said the website is not breaking the law – providing no-one trespasses, no names are mentioned, and there is no damage caused.

John welcomed a Sheffield Council campaign launched last week aimed at banishing bad parking and cracking down on potentially dangerous drivers who block pavements.

Motorists are encouraged to be more considerate when finding a space, and bear in mind the needs of wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.

Officials are set to issue warning notices – not fines, but reminders to be more thoughtful – to motorists who park on the pavement.

The notices read: “Parking on the pavement and blocking the footpath can be dangerous for pedestrians, particularly with pushchairs or in wheelchairs, who are forced into the road. Please consider others when parking.”

John said: “The council campaign is great but there is still a lot of work to do. People need educating and to see how it makes others feel.”