Res­i­dent hits out at cars block­ing cross­ing

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY News re­porter laura.hart­ley@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A PHOTO has emerged of a car block­ing a pave­ment used by chil­dren head­ing to and from school.

The black car is parked di­rectly op­po­site a pedes­trian refuge de­signed to help pupils cross the busy Leam­ing­ton Road in Styvechale safely.

The bad park­ing is also par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous for blind and vis­ually-im­paired peo­ple, and for wheel­chair users and par­ents with pushchairs. One res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, but who lives along the Leam­ing­ton Road, Styvechale, said it was an ex­am­ple of what had be­come a daily oc­cur­rence after the re­moval of a lol­lipop lady.

She said: “Cars are block­ing this cross­ing on a daily ba­sis at the mo­ment.

“They are asked re­peat­edly by mums with pushchairs on the school run to move.

“It is be­com­ing a topic of con­ver­sa­tion at the school gate daily and peo­ple are gen­uinely con­cerned about how dan­ger­ous this is be­com­ing.”

She added that it wasn’t just cars, but vans also.

The res­i­dent said it was be­com­ing clear that peo­ple park­ing there were putting their con­ve­nience be­fore the safety of oth­ers.

She added: “This is a cross­ing point on the Leam­ing­ton Road which is a very busy road, es­pe­cially dur­ing rush hour.

“It is used ex­ten­sively dur­ing the school run and is the main route on to the es­tate.

“Un­til re­cently it was manned by a lol­lipop lady due to how dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous it was to cross but un­for­tu­nately fund­ing was pulled.

“Frankly it’s be­com­ing ridicu­lous and it’s clear that peo­ple are putting their con­ve­nience over the safety of other road users.

“What is the most dis­ap­point­ing is that ev­ery sin­gle one of th­ese ve­hi­cles could park about 10 yards fur­ther up the hill and would not ob­struct the cross­ing at all. “They just don’t care. “Some­times they move when asked and then the fol­low­ing day they park across it again.”

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