Park Responsibly in Shepton: An appeal for emergency access

By Laura Linham

18th Dec 2023 | News


It's vital to keep in mind that access for emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances is essential.
It's vital to keep in mind that access for emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances is essential.

As the festive season approaches, Somerset Council, in partnership with local emergency services, is urging Shepton residents to park their vehicles with consideration for emergency access. With the influx of visitors during this time, it's crucial to remember that larger emergency vehicles might need to navigate the narrower streets unexpectedly.

The historical layout of many streets in Shepton wasn't designed to accommodate today's volume of vehicles. This becomes particularly evident during the holiday season, with more cars parked while people visit friends and family. However, it's vital to remember that access for emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances is essential.

Inappropriately parked cars can cause critical delays for emergency responders, potentially risking the lives of your loved ones and neighbours. The way vehicles are parked could make a life-saving difference.

To ensure you're parking responsibly, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Always park close to the kerb.
  • Ensure your car is parked straight with the wheels aligned.
  • Fold in your wing mirrors to create more space.
  • On narrow streets, try to park only on one side, if possible.
  • Follow the Highway Code and respect road markings such as yellow lines and box junctions.
  • Avoid parking too close to corners or traffic calming features.
  • Provide extra space at tight junctions for easier navigation.

Remember, in emergencies, every second counts. Your thoughtful parking can make a significant difference when someone urgently needs help.

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