Stop ‘dan­ger­ous’ car park­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

‘IR­RE­SPON­SI­BLE’ park­ers have been blasted by an­gry cam­paign­ers who are up in arms over a ‘dan­ger­ous’ sec­tion of Den­ham road.

Con­cerned vil­lagers have also taken to so­cial me­dia to vent their frus­tra­tions over the sit­u­a­tion at the top of Old Mill Road, where they say cars are be­ing left all day by com­muters, caus­ing prob­lems for adults and school­child­ren.

Vil­lager Sue Del­nevo said: “How long be­fore there is a nasty ac­ci­dent or god for­bid a child is hit try­ing to cross be­tween the parked ve­hi­cles? At least when the car boot sale is on they put out cones to pre­vent this ir­re­spon­si­ble park­ing.”

Roy Hill, parish coun­cil clerk, said: “Lots of com­muters are park­ing their cars in that vicin­ity and ei­ther get­ting a lift to go on some­where else or col­lect­ing a bi­cy­cle from the boot.”

Mr Hill said the road was too nar­row to ac­co­mo­date the num­ber of cars.

He said: “The num­ber of cars is caus­ing con­cern about the pos­si­b­lity of ac­ci­dents. If some­body comes along a bit too fast and some­body steps out in be­tween parked cars it could be very dan­ger­ous.

“It’s a safety sit­u­a­tion and we wish we would be able to cur­tail the park­ing there but we don’t have the pow­ers to do that.”

Fu­ri­ous cam­paigner Na­dine Thorow­good, 35, de­scribed the blind cor­ner as ‘re­ally dan­ger­ous’.

“Pe­pole are go­ing up the curb to avoid each other – noth­ing’s be­ing done about it,” she added.

Ms Thorow­good, who lives on Lindsey Road, added: “I don’t know how there hasn’t been an ac­ci­dent yet.”

She called for park­ing re­stric­tions to be put in place to stop peo­ple park­ing there all day.

“I un­der­stand peo­ple are try­ing to avoid pay­ing for park­ing but it’s a re­ally dan­ger­ous bend,” she said.

But Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) say there is noth­ing it can do as there are cur­rently no re­stric­tions on the road.

A BCC spokesman said: “As there are no yel­low lines or pay-and-dis­play bays, the county coun­cil has noth­ing to en­force, so the power isn’t in our hands. It would be a lo­cal po­lice mat­ter.”

In­stead the coun­cil ad­vises peo­ple to visit uk/trans­port/park­ing/ re q u e s t- w a i t i n g - o rpark­ing-re­stric­tions/ to re­quest new re­stric­tions.

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