Police warn drivers about ‘inconsiderate’ parking at ‘congested’ beauty spots

Police have warned a number of drivers about ‘inconsiderate’ parking as people flocked to Staffordshire’s beauty spots.

Since the lockdown restrictions were eased following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s May 10 address, more and more people have been heading out to the countryside for exercise.

And with the glorious weather on bank holiday Monday, may people had the same idea to head to the Moorlands.

As a result officers in the area were carrying out parking enforcement at a number of locations today, including at The Roaches and near the Ramblers Retreat in Alton.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman in the Moorlands said: “We have also received several reports regarding inconsiderate parking on Red Road, Alton, near to Ramblers Retreat.

“Patrols have attended and it is clear it would be very difficult for emergency vehicles and tractors to pass through.

“The Roaches is very congested and all marked parking bays are full. Several motorists have been spoken to regarding parking issues, may we remind you, please do not park on grass verges or on farmers’ land.

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“Respect our locals and respect our farming community.”

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, of the Moorlands local policing team, added: “Parking enforcement will be present across the Moorlands today.

“If you arrive and there’s no where to park that doesn’t mean you can park anywhere. Remember social distancing and respect the countryside please.”

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