Call for action as parked cars delay paramedics racing to ill child in Penryn

Call for action as parked cars delay paramedics racing to ill child in Penryn

Call for action as parked cars delay paramedics racing to ill child in Penryn

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A mother in Penryn is calling for action over parked cars blocking emergency vehicles after paramedics had to run to her house to help her ill child.

When Jodie Craven’s two year old daughter Willow started having a seizure at their home on Permarin Road on Saturday morning she called an ambulance. She was reassured that it would arrive shortly, however the vehicle was stopped by parked cars.

She said: “I phoned the ambulance about 8.20am, they were really quick to respond and they tracked the ambulance. I couldn’t bring her round, she was losing consciousness.

“They called and said, ‘We think the ambulance should be with you, it’s on Permarin Road’; we were looking out and couldn’t find it because it was stuck between cars.

“She [the paramedic] had to get all of her stuff out of the back and run to respond to her [Willow]. She was at the end of the road.

“She even said herself this is ridiculous, this needs to be reported.”

Willow’s father, Craig Jacka, said: “I had to run Willow outside towards the ambulance.

“She should have gone straight from door to ambulance.

“Having to be flagged down is wrong.”

Jodie added: “It’s absolutely ridiculous, especially when your child is going through that.

“When your child is losing consciousness and the ambulance can’t get through.

“Angry isn’t the word.”

Willow was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, and Jodie says she is “fine” now.

The family was told that the seizure is something that can happen at her age, and there seems to be no ongoing condition which caused it.

However doctors said there is a 30 to 35 per cent chance it could happen again, which Jodie said is “worrying.”

She said: “You get worried that next time you might have to wait just one more minute for the ambulance. Seconds count.”

The family have decided to try and get something done about the poor parking, which they say is endangering lives.

Jodie said: “I think the frustration is this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

“A lady over the road had a stroke and died. The ambulance couldn’t get through and had to be directed by locals to get through the other way.”

Jodie’s brother in law, John Harvey, said there was a fire about two years ago when a fire engine struggled to get through, and the fire service had said they would report the issue.

He said: “The council said a fire engine is legally allowed to barge its way through. “But with the number of cars it wouldn’t be able to do it. An ambulance certainly couldn’t.”

The family said they are going to contact Penryn Town Council, as well as Cornwall Council, and are writing a letter to local MP Sarah Newton.

Michelle Davey, Penryn’s town clerk, said the incident was an issue for Cornwall Council or for the police, depending on whether the vehicles were parked illegally or not.

She said: “Clearly there is a problem in Permarin Road but it’s partly Permarin residents blocking the street.

“Parking is always a problem in Penryn.

“We currently provide around 78 parking spaces right next to Permarin Road free of charge.”

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: “Cornwall Council is only able to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who are parked in contravention of existing waiting restrictions.

“In areas where there are no restrictions, the onus is on the driver to park in a manner which gives due consideration to the needs of other road users. If vehicles are parked in such a way that prevents the reasonable use of the road by vehicles such as ambulances which have a genuine need to be able to have access, then this is an obstruction issue which should be referred to the police.”

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1:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ebeneezer Thrimble says...

The laws regarding causing an obstruction by parking on pavements throughout the UK are largely dependent on local bylaws unless you are in London where there are city wide restrictions. But, and what is important is that it IS illegal to drive along a pavement ANYWHERE in the UK, and the cars have to drive along pavements, however short a distance, to be parked on them!

Why don't the police around Penryn charge the drivers I wonder? I have been given a few excuses by officers when I have made complaints about parking including;

"Well, penryn has little parking so allowances have to be made.",
"Yes, it may be an obstruction for a blind person or anyone with children, but there aren't any here are there?"

I have been told that although the road where I live has white markings and signs to stop at the end before joining the main road, "It isn't really a junction!" You honestly could not make this up!

My favourite though is when I mentioned about the cars having driven on the pavement to get there and, sarcastically, not by means of being dropped by a very fit driver, a crane, or, the liberal use of pixie dust I was laughably told, "If it is in law then I'd like to see it, I've looked and not found it anywhere!".

Now that leaves very few options why the police refuse to do the job they are paid for. Either they don't have access to computers to look up the relevant parking laws on the Government's own website site, they don't possess a printed copy of the laws, the officers involved cannot understand or read the laws, they don't know anything of the laws they are meant to uphold or, given they may feel the amount of paperwork that will inevitably be generated, they don't want to do the job they are paid to do because they feel it's not worth their time.

This last thought is the most disturbing because surely it is the police' role to uphold the laws of the country no matter what or where they may be commited. Whether they issue a warning, a fine, or more is their decision but to decide whether a crime is worth dealing with or not is surely the place of JP's, Magistrates and the Courts.

If the police are going to cherry-pick what they do how can they be trusted to do their job fairly and without bias towards the public? Maybe they won't follow up on a crime because it was committed by a friend or neighbour of the officer involved?

The next time that a problem is swept aside will the person who called them belive the answer they are given or think that they have been fobbed off and thinking the police are a waste of space will not bother reporting a crime the next time they see one committed.

Personally, I think the Penryn/Falmouth police should have their pay performance-related.
.. Either they finally do what they are paid for or they get a second job or starve! That would see the parking problem around the town vanish within days. We'd also more likely see a police presence on the streets making the elderly at the very least feel more secure in their daily life about the town.

Ebeneezer Thrimble

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The above are entirely my own opinions and because of such am reserving the right to withhold my real name because of the petty comments people feel they have a right to make through Facebook and not because of any criminal reason or connection to the police/pcso's or traffic wardens.
The laws regarding causing an obstruction by parking on pavements throughout the UK are largely dependent on local bylaws unless you are in London where there are city wide restrictions. But, and what is important is that it IS illegal to drive along a pavement ANYWHERE in the UK, and the cars have to drive along pavements, however short a distance, to be parked on them! Why don't the police around Penryn charge the drivers I wonder? I have been given a few excuses by officers when I have made complaints about parking including; "Well, penryn has little parking so allowances have to be made.", "Yes, it may be an obstruction for a blind person or anyone with children, but there aren't any here are there?" I have been told that although the road where I live has white markings and signs to stop at the end before joining the main road, "It isn't really a junction!" You honestly could not make this up! My favourite though is when I mentioned about the cars having driven on the pavement to get there and, sarcastically, not by means of being dropped by a very fit driver, a crane, or, the liberal use of pixie dust I was laughably told, "If it is in law then I'd like to see it, I've looked and not found it anywhere!". Now that leaves very few options why the police refuse to do the job they are paid for. Either they don't have access to computers to look up the relevant parking laws on the Government's own website site, they don't possess a printed copy of the laws, the officers involved cannot understand or read the laws, they don't know anything of the laws they are meant to uphold or, given they may feel the amount of paperwork that will inevitably be generated, they don't want to do the job they are paid to do because they feel it's not worth their time. This last thought is the most disturbing because surely it is the police' role to uphold the laws of the country no matter what or where they may be commited. Whether they issue a warning, a fine, or more is their decision but to decide whether a crime is worth dealing with or not is surely the place of JP's, Magistrates and the Courts. If the police are going to cherry-pick what they do how can they be trusted to do their job fairly and without bias towards the public? Maybe they won't follow up on a crime because it was committed by a friend or neighbour of the officer involved? The next time that a problem is swept aside will the person who called them belive the answer they are given or think that they have been fobbed off and thinking the police are a waste of space will not bother reporting a crime the next time they see one committed. Personally, I think the Penryn/Falmouth police should have their pay performance-related. .. Either they finally do what they are paid for or they get a second job or starve! That would see the parking problem around the town vanish within days. We'd also more likely see a police presence on the streets making the elderly at the very least feel more secure in their daily life about the town. Ebeneezer Thrimble ----- The above are entirely my own opinions and because of such am reserving the right to withhold my real name because of the petty comments people feel they have a right to make through Facebook and not because of any criminal reason or connection to the police/pcso's or traffic wardens. Ebeneezer Thrimble
  • Score: 14

4:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I think any vehicle found to be parked illegally blocking emergency vehicle access, should be reported by the emergency responding personnel and the vehicle owner be automatically issued with a hefty fine.
Incidentally, they would be quick enough to remove offending vehicles on Flora Day.
I think any vehicle found to be parked illegally blocking emergency vehicle access, should be reported by the emergency responding personnel and the vehicle owner be automatically issued with a hefty fine. Incidentally, they would be quick enough to remove offending vehicles on Flora Day. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 8

7:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Claudius says...

Ebeneezer Thrimble, Shame on you for not posting your real name...I wouldn't dream od doing that. ;)
I agree with your comment 100%. I have commented/bored people several times on here with my complaints about people especially on race night at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club parking just up the road on the pavement and in particular a local Councillor /businessman at the time parking facing the opposite way ,half on, half off the pavement, straddling double lines just outside the entrance (and yes I am sad enough to have taken pictures).

This really irritated me because a policeman parked beside the Greenbank Hotel drove right by the lot of them without a second glance. Now my basic problem is the fairness, I have also seen the police kick people off the same pavement)

Now this is where I believe cherry picking/ignorance/la
ziness comes into it....Is it illegal to park on pavements or not ? I'm sure if my local plod don't know I surely don't. If it is illegal, do something about it throughout the town...that's if you can be bothered to do your job.
Maybe a website like 'PARKING like an idiot in Devon’ would be a good idea.
Ebeneezer Thrimble, Shame on you for not posting your real name...I wouldn't dream od doing that. ;) I agree with your comment 100%. I have commented/bored people several times on here with my complaints about people especially on race night at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club parking just up the road on the pavement and in particular a local Councillor /businessman at the time parking facing the opposite way ,half on, half off the pavement, straddling double lines just outside the entrance (and yes I am sad enough to have taken pictures). This really irritated me because a policeman parked beside the Greenbank Hotel drove right by the lot of them without a second glance. Now my basic problem is the fairness, I have also seen the police kick people off the same pavement) Now this is where I believe cherry picking/ignorance/la ziness comes into it....Is it illegal to park on pavements or not ? I'm sure if my local plod don't know I surely don't. If it is illegal, do something about it throughout the town...that's if you can be bothered to do your job. Maybe a website like 'PARKING like an idiot in Devon’ would be a good idea. Claudius
  • Score: 6

9:49am Fri 29 Aug 14

you be lucky says...

I wish people would go down to Permarin Rd. and look at what is like there.This has been on going for years and it is problem through out Penryn's streets and roads more so since the uni. came to Penryn.
I wish people would go down to Permarin Rd. and look at what is like there.This has been on going for years and it is problem through out Penryn's streets and roads more so since the uni. came to Penryn. you be lucky
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Ebeneezer Thrimble says...

As there is some confusion as to whether cars can park on pavements or not, here are a couple of official Government links to clarify;

As you will see from the following link parking on pavements is not illegal outside London unless the local council has set in place its own rules and regs.

https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/news/freei
ng-pedestrians-from-
pavement-parking-bli
ght

So, it seems it's 1-0 to the drivers as the local council has done nothing so far.... All is not lost though. Before the parkers start gloating and leaving their cars everywhere please check the next link;

https://www.gov.uk/g
eneral-rules-all-dri
vers-riders-103-to-1
58/general-advice-14
4-to-158

Point 145 states; "You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency."

If a person does drive on the pavement they will be in breach of The Highways Act 1835 sect 72 & The Road Traffic Act 1988 sect 34

That means as concerned pedestrians that two things can be done to improve matters.

The first thing to do is complain to the Council to do something and put suitable parking restrictions in place. If they refuse then come the next council elections vote for somebody who will do something!

The second, unless you know for certain that the traffic fairy floated a vehicle onto the pavement or it was built in situ then it's reasonably safe to presume it was driven there, in which case phone the police and report it as such. If the police refuse to deal with the matter then make a formal complaint to their superiors that they are refusing to uphold the law and do their duty (and cite which laws they are refusing to uphold). If the 'superiors' fail to take notice, report them for failing to do their duty and so on. Make waves! In light of the current stories of police ineptitude, incompetence and laziness can they really afford all the bad press this will create if enough people take part?

Okay, these things do mean taking a little more interest in what goes on locally but is that really a bad thing?

----

Somebody mentioned a problem with the Uni Students. I don't know about their parking but they are a pain for cycling along pavements (also covered under The Highways Act 1835 sect 72 & The Road Traffic Act 1988 sect 34, as they are road vehicles) and for going the wrong way along West St/Helston Rd because they don't want to follow the one way system like civilised people! All the qualifications to go to Uni, primarily an arts and media Uni no less, and they can't recognise No Entry signs! Is anyone willing to give them reading lessons at the library on Saturday mornings?
As there is some confusion as to whether cars can park on pavements or not, here are a couple of official Government links to clarify; As you will see from the following link parking on pavements is not illegal outside London unless the local council has set in place its own rules and regs. https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/news/freei ng-pedestrians-from- pavement-parking-bli ght So, it seems it's 1-0 to the drivers as the local council has done nothing so far.... All is not lost though. Before the parkers start gloating and leaving their cars everywhere please check the next link; https://www.gov.uk/g eneral-rules-all-dri vers-riders-103-to-1 58/general-advice-14 4-to-158 Point 145 states; "You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency." If a person does drive on the pavement they will be in breach of The Highways Act 1835 sect 72 & The Road Traffic Act 1988 sect 34 That means as concerned pedestrians that two things can be done to improve matters. The first thing to do is complain to the Council to do something and put suitable parking restrictions in place. If they refuse then come the next council elections vote for somebody who will do something! The second, unless you know for certain that the traffic fairy floated a vehicle onto the pavement or it was built in situ then it's reasonably safe to presume it was driven there, in which case phone the police and report it as such. If the police refuse to deal with the matter then make a formal complaint to their superiors that they are refusing to uphold the law and do their duty (and cite which laws they are refusing to uphold). If the 'superiors' fail to take notice, report them for failing to do their duty and so on. Make waves! In light of the current stories of police ineptitude, incompetence and laziness can they really afford all the bad press this will create if enough people take part? Okay, these things do mean taking a little more interest in what goes on locally but is that really a bad thing? ---- Somebody mentioned a problem with the Uni Students. I don't know about their parking but they are a pain for cycling along pavements (also covered under The Highways Act 1835 sect 72 & The Road Traffic Act 1988 sect 34, as they are road vehicles) and for going the wrong way along West St/Helston Rd because they don't want to follow the one way system like civilised people! All the qualifications to go to Uni, primarily an arts and media Uni no less, and they can't recognise No Entry signs! Is anyone willing to give them reading lessons at the library on Saturday mornings? Ebeneezer Thrimble
  • Score: 5

4:10pm Fri 29 Aug 14

you be lucky says...

The cars are not parked on pavements, The road width allows cars to parked on one side on the road the other side is raised pavement/ a wall five (5)ft. high.
The cars are not parked on pavements, The road width allows cars to parked on one side on the road the other side is raised pavement/ a wall five (5)ft. high. you be lucky
  • Score: -13

2:06pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Jirakitt says...

Sadly it's now easier to get a gram of cocaine in Penryn than a parking space. And if you want warm food on a Saturday afternoon or on a Sunday, forget it. At least I can by a painting or a glass vase at any time.
Sadly it's now easier to get a gram of cocaine in Penryn than a parking space. And if you want warm food on a Saturday afternoon or on a Sunday, forget it. At least I can by a painting or a glass vase at any time. Jirakitt
  • Score: 8

9:43pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ebeneezer Thrimble says...

@you be lucky

The same principle remains, the obstruction is illegal as defined in the Highways Act 1980, Section 137 (1) (Llink: http://www.legislati
on.gov.uk/ukpga/1980
/66/part/IX/crosshea
ding/obstruction-of-
highways-and-streets
)

Quote

"137 Penalty for wilful obstruction.

(1) If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding ."

This is very pertinent to the problem on Permarin, and a lot of Penryn generally. So, to repeat, phone the police, complain about the relevant law being broken, not forgetting to get a crime number.

Make complaints about the police if they fail to respond properly, quoting the crime number and what they said to you and actually did about the problem. The crime number is important because all crime numbers have to be logged which means the police cannot easily ignore the problem and at the end of the year have to be accountable for all crimes they have failed to follow up properly.

The more noise made about their refusal to take any action will get more people listening, important people who don't want the noise embarassing them. Nothing will improve if everyone remains quiet and does nothing!
@you be lucky The same principle remains, the obstruction is illegal as defined in the Highways Act 1980, Section 137 (1) (Llink: http://www.legislati on.gov.uk/ukpga/1980 /66/part/IX/crosshea ding/obstruction-of- highways-and-streets ) Quote "137 Penalty for wilful obstruction. (1) If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding [F1level 3 on the standard scale]." This is very pertinent to the problem on Permarin, and a lot of Penryn generally. So, to repeat, phone the police, complain about the relevant law being broken, not forgetting to get a crime number. Make complaints about the police if they fail to respond properly, quoting the crime number and what they said to you and actually did about the problem. The crime number is important because all crime numbers have to be logged which means the police cannot easily ignore the problem and at the end of the year have to be accountable for all crimes they have failed to follow up properly. The more noise made about their refusal to take any action will get more people listening, important people who don't want the noise embarassing them. Nothing will improve if everyone remains quiet and does nothing! Ebeneezer Thrimble
  • Score: 5
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