Poor parking sparks accident-blackspot fears

ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN -- an example of how cars are blocking pavements and roads in the Hazel Grove area of Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD12-1264-1.
ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN -- an example of how cars are blocking pavements and roads in the Hazel Grove area of Hucknall -- DISPIC NHUD12-1264-1.
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A WORRIED man says an accident is “waiting to happen” in the Hucknall area where he lives — because cars are being parked dangerously.

The man, of Claremont Avenue, has asked to remain anonymous.

But he has enlisted the help of the Dispatch to implore drivers in the Hazel Grove area of the town to park more considerately.

He says cars parked on the kerbs block the roads during the evenings to such a degree that he fears a fire engine or ambulance would be unable to access them in an emergency.

The alarm has been raised with the fire service, while a police officer has launched a door-to-door campaign and leaflet-drop to speak about the dangers with residents.

“Lives are being put at risk here,” said the resident. “Those who park like this just do not seem to think about the other residents.

“It’s as if some drivers have just abandoned their vehicles with little regard or respect for others.

“This bottleneck of parking will have serious consequences for residents at some point in the near future, of that I am sure.”

The man says dozens of houses are affected. Now he has made a plea to Notts County Council for action to be taken and for new parking restrictions to be brought in.

But in an e-mail response, he was told that 300 similar requests were received in the Ashfield and Mansfield area each year and only an average of six can go ahead — at a cost of up to £3,500 each.

Priority is given to hotspots where accidents have resulted in injury and to schemes requested by the police and county councillors or MPs.

Coun Mick Murphy (Con), a Hucknall member of the county council and its lead member for community safety, said: “I understand people’s concerns. If there is a life-or-death emergency, the fire brigade or an ambulance needs to get through.

“I have spoken to the fire brigade and been assured that they will get through, come what may.

“But it is time that residents did their bit and became more considerate about the way they park.

“Residents’ parking schemes do not work and I am against those.

“We’ve got houses where up to three adults all have cars and it is impossible to find space to park them.

“There are also problems with enforcing double-yellow lines. It’s extremely difficult to come up with a solution.

“I don’t want to frighten anyone. But it might be, in the future, that one of these residents who has parked poorly needs an ambulance or fire engine but it will be delayed by their actions.”