ANOTHER Blackburn with Darwen councillor has been caught on camera parked illegally on a pavement.

Shear Brow and Corporation Park Cllr Hussain Akhtar’s black BMW with a personalised number plate was photographed around 4pm on Thursday on the flagged area in front of shops in Whalley Range.

The Labour councillor and former borough mayor’s vehicle was on a wide pavement near the junction of Victoria Street, Randal Street and Whalley Range.

In February Audley and Queens Park’s Cllr Salim Sidat apologised for leaving his car on the paved area in front of Frankie’s, the diner in Salford, Blackburn.

Cllr Akhtar, Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen in 2016/2017, said: “It was my car.

“It was a wide pavement and there were double yellow lines on the road.

“It seemed the best and safest place to park.

“I was meeting people to discuss the problem of litter in the area near the shops.

“We picked some litter moved some bags of rubbish and discussed how to deal with the problem.

“We talked about putting flowers in some pots where rubbish was being deposited to stop them being used as litter bins.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council highways boss Cllr Phil Riley said: “Cllr Akhtar should know better.

“Parking on the pavement is illegal. I shall have a word with him.”

Cllr John Slater, borough council Tory group leader, said: “Councillors are supposed to set high standards. Cllr Akhtar should know better.

“As councillors we are supposed to set an example. What kind of an example is this?”

In May 2017, the then Conservative mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Colin Rigby was accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after his official car was snapped parked on double yellow lines near his Edgworth home.