Burslem residents says hospital staff are blocking road
FAMILIES are blaming hospital visitors and staff for clogging up their street with cars.
Residents in Haywood Road, Burslem, say they are struggling to drive up the street because of motorists trying to avoid parking charges at nearby Haywood Hospital.
John Griffiths, aged 60, has lived in Haywood Road all his life and believes the problem started when building work at the the hospital was completed.
He said: "We have two cars and my wife and I find it difficult to get to the house all the time.
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"Patients and staff don't want to pay for parking, so they leave their cars here and walk all the way up.
"This is happening seven days a week and I'm getting sick of it."
Mr Griffiths said that congestion is also bad for Port Vale matches, during services at Burslem Spiritualist Church and at school drop-off times.
He also fears the opening of a late shop, on the site of the Goose Inn pub, will cause further problems.
He said: "People just don't care and park where they want. This is only a minor B road, so it shouldn't be as busy as this."
Clive Bourne, aged 57, who also lives in Haywood Road, said he often has to park further down the street and walk to his house when there are cars parked across his drive.
He said: "First thing in the morning, the traffic comes to a complete standstill because it's so busy.
"We've told the council about this several times but they haven't done anything. My main concern is if anyone on the estate is involved in an accident, the emergency services won't be able to get down here."
Haywood is the largest community hospital in North Staffordshire and has an on-site car park, costing £2 for four hours.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, says it asks staff to park considerately and use car parks and public transport where possible.
Paula Furnival, director of operations at the trust, said: "The hospital is very busy at certain times of the day with parking space at a premium, and we appreciate that this can cause some inconvenience for residents.
"There has been extra pressure over the past few months as maintenance work led to part of the car park being closed off. But the works have been completed this week and considerably more spaces have been freed up which we hope will ease the situation."
Families are now calling for permit parking in Haywood Road.
A council spokesman said: "Residents previously asked us to look into whether we could make it easier for them to park by introducing a residential parking scheme.
"At that time any proposal lacked the necessary support of a majority. If residents are still concerned they should contact the council again."