'We're fed up with food bank traffic!': Sneyd Green residents' anger at chaotic congestion outside Wesley Hall Methodist Church
FAMILIES are calling for action against 'irresponsible' users of a food bank whose vehicles are causing chaotic congestion in a neighbourhood.
Residents living in Noblett Road, Sneyd Green, claim people are parking up on grass verges and driveways outside their homes while they nip into the nearby Wesley Hall Methodist Church.
They claim motorists are double parking, leaving residents unable to find a space outside their homes – and creating a dangerous environment for children playing in the area.
Seventy three-year-old Derek Reece said: "It is normally when people are visiting the food bank when they are either picking up or dropping things off.
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"They are only there for a few minutes so they don't think it's a problem but it is. All of the grass has been left in a muddy mess."
Mr Reece has lived opposite Wesley Hall Methodist Church for more than eight years, but claims the problem has got worse since the opening of the food bank last year.
He added: "The church has enough spaces for people but they don't use them because they think it's easier.
"But it makes the place look a mess. We need bollards put in to stop people pulling up. You can hardly move for the amount of cars."
Neighbour Joyce Williamson has also complained.
The 85-year-old said: "The people who go to the food bank park up on both sides of the street which makes it really tight for people who are coming up and down.
"Around dinner time it is always really busy, people are always going in and out with bags of stuff.
"I don't drive myself but I do have visitors so when they come to see me they don't have anywhere to park."
Seventy five-year-old Marjorie McIntyre has lived in the street for over 16 years.
She said: "There are parts of the road marked up with 'keep clear' but people even ignore that, so when my son comes to pick me up he has to park all the way down the street.
"Then when we come back we have to carry all of the shopping in from miles away."
Mrs McIntyre added: "People always bump up onto the curbs and the mud on them is absolutely terrible.
"I have lived here a long time and I have never seen them as bad as they are now.
"It is terrible but I don't know what the council can do, they can't exactly widen the road or build a car park."
The food bank officially launched in May last year as part of a campaign to combat child poverty.
Seven city churches launched the service which sees hard-up families distributed with a week-long supply of essential foods for vouchers distributed to them by doctors, head teachers, health workers and carers.
The Sneyd Green food bank is open for picking up and dropping off food from 9am until 5pm on week days, except Tuesdays.
Project manager Sue Simco said: "I was aware that there has been some concern about traffic. We do have people calling and dropping off food but we would urge them to use the car park. We know there have been some concerns about grass verges and we are asking people to ensure that they park sensitively."