The Welsh Government has delayed a consultation on pavement parking, which was due to take place this year.
The consultation would have given local councils the power to fine people for obstructing pavements with their cars.
The decision to delay the consultation was announced by the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS. In a statement, he said that he recognised that local authorities were already facing an “incredibly busy period” and that the consultation would add to their workload.
Waters said that the Welsh Government would continue to work with local authorities to develop a “comprehensive approach” to pavement parking. He added that the consultation would be rescheduled for 2024.
The decision to delay the consultation has been met with criticism from some groups. The Welsh campaign group Living Streets said that it was “disappointed” with the decision and called on the Welsh Government to “revisit the issue as soon as possible”.
Living Streets said that pavement parking was a “major problem” in Wales and that it was “putting vulnerable people at risk”. The group said that the Welsh Government had a “duty to act” to protect people from the dangers of pavement parking.
The Welsh Government’s decision to delay the consultation comes at a time when pavement parking is becoming an increasingly controversial issue in the UK. In Scotland, a ban on pavement parking is due to come into force in 2023. And in England, the government is currently consulting on whether to introduce a similar ban.
The issue of pavement parking is likely to continue to be debated in the UK in the coming years. And the Welsh Government’s decision to delay the consultation is likely to be seen as a sign that the issue is not as straightforward as it may seem.