Parking in my street is a joke!
In response to the article published on the 5th September about poor parking putting lives at risk:
I too have raised this issue with the council about the concerns I had with my street regarding a similar situation. I sent them my suggestion about how I thought they could improve the issue. I live in a small cul-de-sac with what used to be council garages at the end (this is now becoming a wasteland) There are several council flats in the street none of which have off road parking. There are inconsiderate people who park mini-buses right outside their property, which happens to be in the cul-de-sac so this makes it difficult for people to turn around! There are about three transit vans parked at the entrance to the street making it difficult to see when turning into the street. Plus we have to contend with two people who decide to take up the whole pavement by working on numerous cars they have acquired. So my suggestion to the council was a simple one, converting the wasteland at the end into secure parking for residents/visitors and opening up the front of the properties on the flats as you could quite easily fit four cars on them (two for each property). I also informed the council that there had been several incidents when ambulances and fire engines had been unable to pass due to inconsiderate people parking opposite each other. Our waste has also been neglected on a few occasions as the waggon has been unable to pass and obviously the workers are incapable of walking to collect the wheelie bins!
In my late response to this suggestion I was told that the wasteland was the responsibility of the highways agency and that I should contact my local council office about the parking for the flats. Now as it was the council who I sent my suggestion why should I then have to go and suggest it again to my local office, why can't they simply refer my suggestion on to the relevant department, because that would obviously be too easy!