Motorists warned after complaints over illegal parking on cycle path
POLICE are warning motorists they will be fined if they park illegally on a cycle track.
Over the past three weekends, cars have reportedly obstructed the cycle path on the A57 between Saxilby and the junction of Broxholme Lane.
It is believed the vehicles belong to people fishing along the Fossdyke Navigation.
Police received a complaint about six cars parked at the location on Sunday, November 7, despite an almost empty car park nearby. The vehicles were apparently moved on by officers.
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A witness said on Saturday the cycle path was "completely blocked" by about 35 cars.
PCSO Melanie Goodwill said: "We are aware of the parking in this spot and we have worked with the anglers to ensure they are out the way of the path.
"That said, anyone causing an obstruction with their vehicle is committing an offence and is at risk of a ticket.
"We will continue to monitor the parking to ensure people who want to use the path are able to do so."
As reported in the Echo, work is to begin on a new £640,000 cycle track and footpath to link Saxilby and Lincoln by extending the route from the village to Burton Waters, to connect with the existing track into the city.
Cyclist Antony Daniels, of West Bank, Saxilby, said: "I do wonder why the council is spending all this amount of money merely to provide parking for fishermen.
"I should try to be less cynical, but as a cyclist in Lincolnshire, it's quite hard not to be.
"Cars parked in this way leave, at most, a very narrow gap between the vehicle and the A57 – a very busy road.
"I wouldn't risk taking children along this route while cars are parked."
Councillor Ray Sellars, who represents Nettleham and Saxilby on the county council, said: "There are no signs saying 'no parking', but it is illegal to park in the cycle track. We need to have a meeting with the anglers and all concerned."
Alan Brown, area highways manager, said: "Illegal parking is a police enforcement issue.
"However, we are happy to work with all parties to seek a solution; for example, there may be specific locations where physical measures could be introduced to discourage parking.
"Unfortunately, it is not realistic to provide warning signs on such a long route and there are no suitable signs within the relevant regulations which would be applicable.
"It perhaps would also be worth the fishing event organisers helping to warn fishermen ahead of subsequent enforcement action."