An Instagram travel blogging account has admitted to parking on double-yellow lines at a popular Todmorden beauty spot which regularly gets overwhelmed with traffic.
The bio for the account, lezgoexploring, says “Explore the outdoors with us! Giving you the best Locations, Postcodes & everything in between, whilst having a ball along the way.”
The posted a travel tip for Gaddings Dam in April, which said: “Crazy that there’s a mini secret beach in the middle of Burnley. The actual name for this beach is Gaddings Dam…
“This is basically a mini dam/reservoir on top of a hill in Burnley it’s only small but definitely the coolest spot in Burnley.
“We parked on double yellows due to the unlikelihood of wardens in a massive hill range but there is a pub you could park in nearby.”
Parking near the dam has become a thorny issue recently, as the good weather brought large crowds to the spot.
Photos on Facebook posted over the weekend saw large crowds at the beauty spot, which brought heavy traffic on the narrow road leading up.
Jay Connor, a local resident, said that the road near Gaddings Dam was very busy and that people should aim to avoid it.
He said: “It was very busy, lots of cars parked on the double yellows. Most had tickets on.”
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Residents also complained about the large amounts of rubbish left over at the visitors had left.
Debra Haswell cleaned up litter over the weekend, and said she found three pairs of footwear, one tent, a bucket and spade, three pairs of underpants, three socks, lots of bottles and cans, takeaway food, a watermelon, teaspoon, scissors, dog toys, tent pegs, swimming goggles, and a used condom.
In June, Calderdale Council warned visitors to Gaddings Dam that they will be fined if they block the road with illegal parking.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Councillor Jenny Lynn, asked visitors to be considerate, and warned against parking on the narrow roads.
She said: “We’d like to remind anyone considering visiting the area that it isn’t a dedicated tourist destination and therefore doesn’t have the infrastructure to accommodate a large amount of visitors.
“Parking on the narrow roads near the dam causes disruption, can block emergency vehicle access and can be hazardous.”
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