DOZENS of homes have been sent warning letters by the police in a bid to put an end to footpaths being blocked along a busy stretch of road.
After months of complaints from residents and parish councillors, Derbyshire Police have stepped in to try to put an end to problems along the A444 Burton Road, in Overseal.
Now, anyone who blocks a footpath, so that a pushchair or wheelchair cannot pass by, will be hit with a fixed penalty notice worth £100.
A spokesman for Overseal Parish Council said: “The police have sent a letter to the occupiers of all properties along Burton Road, from Coronation Street junction to the new traffic lights, warning them that if they block the footpath so that wheelchair users or similar cannot remain on the footpath will be subject to a fixed penalty notice which carries a fine of £100.
“If anyone sees a vehicle which causes an obstruction, they should call 101 and give the registration number to the police.”
Moves are also being made in a bid to reduce the number of parking-related problems outside Overseal Primary School, in Woodville Road.
A spokesman for the council added: “Similar parking outside the school is a problem common to most schools and does not occur generally when officers are present.
“However, local officers will continue to work with the council to try to resolve these problems.”
The problems along Burton Road come only months after the installation of a new traffic light system in a bid to improve traffic problems in the area .
Permanent lights were put in place at the junctions of the A444 Burton Road, Woodville Road and Lullington Road last year after a 20-year battle to beat congestion issues and parking problems in the area.
It was also revealed that council chiefs were still exploring the possibility of building a central refuge outside the Co-op, in Burton Road, Overseal, in a bid to further halt traffic issues in the area.
Councillors believe that a new pedestrian refuge island would help reduce accidents.
The suggestion came after highways chiefs, community leaders and police undertook a safety review of the A444.