Disabled Kidsgrove man calls foul over matchday misery as motorists park on path
DISABLED Alan Rose has called foul over footballers parking their vehicles across pavements, forcing him into the road.
The osteoporosis sufferer, of Phoenix Close, Kidsgrove, claims he struggles to negotiate his own neighbourhood during matchdays as cars line the streets.
During Sundays Birchenwood playing fields, off Mount Road, plays host to a raft of adults' and children's football matches.
Now 65-year-old Mr Rose is calling for parking restrictions to be rolled out in the area to tackle selfish motorists.
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The former newsagent said: "It has been getting worse over the past five to six years.
"The other Sunday I went down there and I couldn't really get around. I asked someone if they could stop blocking the pavement and they just swore at me."
Mr Rose has suffered mobility problems since being diagnosed with osteoporosis eight years ago.
During a holiday in Australia, he suffered a fracture to his spine as he knelt down to pick up a CD. Following tests medics told the former soldier he had osteoporosis.
Mr Rose, who has lived in Sandpiper Court for nine years, said: "The area will start to build up with cars from about 9am and will only begin to clear at roughly 1pm.
"When they park over dropped kerbs that really affects me when I am out as I just can't get around."
Since the problems began to escalate Mr /Rose , who spent seven years in the army, has contacted Staffordshire County Council, the police, and a number of local councillors.
He added: "I would like to see the area checked on a Sunday and for motorists to be advised by police.
"Double yellow lines could help to stop some of the parking on junctions."
Neighbour Joe Jones, aged 74, a retired security guard, who uses a mobility scooter, said: "The main problem is when they park completely across the pavement.
"I shouldn't have to go onto the road as it is not always safe."
Vehicles have been spotted lining the junction of Mount Road and Winghay Road with others encroaching further into the estate.
Motorists are forced to find alternatives once the car park at Birchenwood becomes full.
Grandfather-of-nine Mr Jones added: "We understand they have to park somewhere but not on pavements.
"There are times when I have had to go the long way back to my home because of the way that people have parked their vehicles."
A county council spokesman said: "We always work closely with residents if there are concerns over issues such as parking or road safety and would always look at would be appropriate to take further measures."