A FED-UP resident sick of not being able to walk along pavements because of inconsiderate parking has been snapping some of the worst offending on his estate.

Questioning whether it was the worst place for pavement parking, he said at times it was "almost impossible" to walk on the pavement in Bell Avenue, Bowburn, because it was completely blocked by parked cars and said he had reported the issues to Durham County Council.

The council says it can only issue notices regarding parking restriction contraventions and does not have any power to enforce laws around obstructive parking.

Durham Police, which is responsible for enforcing laws on obstructive parking, urged people to be considerate of their neighbours.

A spokeswoman said: “We are now in an era where homes have more than one car and we understand that parking can be difficult. However, we would ask everyone to show consideration to others and use common sense when faced with no other option but to park on a pavement.

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One example of a driver blocking the pavement in Bowburn's Bell Avenue

“If parking wholly on the road would stop other cars and emergency vehicles from getting through, then it is sensible to park partially on the pavement, as long as you are not blocking a wheelchair user or a pram from using the pavement. If your parking would cause wheelchair users or people with prams to have to walk into the road, then you should find somewhere else to park.”

The council is not allowed to issue notices to enforce laws regarding dangerous and obstructive parking.

Dave Wafer, the council's strategic traffic manager, said: “The legislation that allows us to issue notices to vehicles contravening parking restrictions specifically excludes us from being able to enforce offences such as dangerous parking and obstruction.

"The power to enforce these offences lies with Durham Constabulary, which means enforcement action can only be undertaken by a police officer.”