Readers have been having their say on motorists blocking dropped kerbs after a town council issued a plea for people to park more sensibly.

After a number of vehicles have been found blocking dropped kerbs, Silloth Town Council have been forced to remind people how important they are.

A spokesman for Silloth Town Council said: “Please be aware and avoid parking across dropped kerbs. Keep them clear.

“For people who are blind or disabled, the actions of drivers obstructing dropped kerbs can represent not just a challenge but a serious risk.

“Round Silloth there are a number of dropped kerbs which are lowered sections of the pavement that allow easier access from the pavement to the road by wheelchair users, pushchairs and the visually impaired.

“The Highway Code’s Rule 243 states that you should ‘not stop or park where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles, or where it would obstruct cyclists except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.

“Parking a vehicle fully or partially across a dropped kerb is classed as an obstruction and this can result in a fine.”

Here’s what readers had to say.

Maureen Beck said: “Yes – bins left on the drop kerb, having to move them [while] holding on to a wheelchair. Shocking, and before anyone says put the brakes on, why should we have to move the bins?”

Andrew Curtis said: “Dropped kerbs pavement parking, yes big problem everywhere.” Rose Murray said: “It would be nice to have one so my daughter can get up and down with her wheelchair.”