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Call for action over Darwen pavement parkers
A PENSIONER broke her shoulder in a fall when she tripped trying to get past vehicles parked on the pavement.
Now friends and family of 85-year-old Vera Smith, of Hindle Court, Darwen, have called for new measures to prevent future accidents.
Mrs Smith was walking along Edward Street, close to the residential home where she lives when the incident happened.
The former sewing machinist and office clerk, together with her fellow residents, said the problem of parking on the pavement had been ongoing for some time.
She said: “I was walking back from Derwent Hall and there were three cars and a van on the pavement.
“I couldn’t get round so I walked out into the road and somehow I ended up falling and breaking my shoulder.
“I am in a lot of pain.
“This parking problem happens every day. We have been complaining about it for four or five years.”
Her son Ian Smith, 61, said double yellow lines should be introduced in the are and on similar problem roads in Darwen.
Parking on the pavement is illegal.
He said: “I spoke to the owners of two cars asking why they had parked there when there was a car park just yards away and they were very rude to me.
“I have been to the police and they were very supportive.
“We want double yellow lines putting down before more people get hurt.”
Town mayor and Sudell councillor Eileen Entwistle said: “If we can do something down there we will do.”
Coun Paul Browne, who also represents the Sudell ward, said: “I would back a call to have yellow lines put down in that road.
“It has been a mess for a while down there, I have heard a number of complaints from other people in the past.
“I will mention it at a Blackburn with Darwen Council meeting in the near future.”
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