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Tell Us: Should Wakefield End Its Winter Parking Ban?

Earlier this month, Danvers ended its longstanding winter parking ban. The idea briefly came up at the end of the Wakefield selectmen's meeting this week. What do you think?

About a week ago, nearby Danvers voted to end its winter parking ban after almost 40 years. Apparently, back in the old days New Englanders would have this thing called snow that would characterize their winter months.

A combination of technology and winter not being what it used to be means that the area's winter parking bans are coming under more pressure than ever to melt away into the past.

This week at the Wakefield Selectman's meeting for example, Selectman Patrick Glynn suggested that the town should begin considering doing away with its own winter parking ban - noting that a combination of technology and good sense can basically accomplish what the ban does without the inconvenience for local residents.

So what do you think? Is it time to lift the winter parking ban or would it be a short-sighted move? Answer in the comments box below!

Melissa Schools December 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Keep the ban in place! How are the plows supposed to wind around parked cars to remove snow? Who is going to get out and clean up the remaining snow once the parked cars are moved? It is already hard enough to get through the streets with cars parked on both sides- without snow!
HDS December 13, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I think it should be left in place. And, while the selecmen are at it they should take a good look at parking regulations in general and ask themselves how well they are being enforced. Living in Greenwood I can barely walk down the sidewalk without running in to a car. Cars should be kept in driveways (or on streets when permitted) as town bylaws state - and not on sidewalks and front lawns.
Carol Logan December 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
No, keep ban. Maybe we haven't had that much snow in the past couple of years, but when we get a big storm it would be a nightmare for plows!
Suzanne December 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I think the parking ban should be eliminated. With such constant updates on weather today, everyone knows when snow is arriving. Many towns enforce the ban only when snow is predicted which I agree with. Moving and re-shuffling vehicles when no snow is predicated is ridicilious.
Donald Delaney December 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I agree with Melissa, HDS, and Carol 100%. The plows would end up doing a horrible job if they have to go around the cars also it would be a pain in the___. I have lived in Wakefield for 10 years and see what an excellent job they do plowing and sanding. I wouldn't want to get plowed in and have the salt and sand all over the side of my car. In New England, the weather is unpredictable. It's supposed to be a very bad winter with lots of snow according to some of the people I have talked to. Yes, I am sorry for the people that don't have a driveway and have to park else where. I am originally from West Peabody, lived there for 40 years. They did the same thing as Wakefield in regards to the ban. Never had a problem. Keep it on !!!!
Nancy Rollins December 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I think Selectman Glynn's proposal makes perfect sense. We are warned well in advance of a snow storm and with guidelines in place that the ban is in affect say 24 hours prior to a forecasted snowstorm, it could work out. Parking in my area is very tough and it would be a relief if this were lifted!
JohnR December 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I agree with Nancy, why not set up a snow emergency notification system and enact the ban only when significant snow is forecasted? This worked well in Somerville where I used to live.
Laurie Hunt December 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I would love to see the ban ended! I agree moving them for a storm makes sense.

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