Speeding drivers turning car park into danger zone

A HUCKNALL town-centre car park is becoming a danger spot for accidents, a resident has claimed.

The Piggins Croft site (pictured) has often featured in the news because of complaints by motorists that they have been given ‘tickets’ by parking wardens whom they claim to be over-zealous.

But the resident, who did not want to be named, said he was worried that someone could be injured or even killed on the car park.

He raised his concern at a meeting of Hucknall Area Consultative Group, held at Under One Roof on Vine Terrace.

The resident said Notts County Council had done a ‘nice job’ controlling cars coming out of site, thanks to new road markings.

But he claimed that a big danger remained because of cars ‘zooming’ at speed straight into the car park from Baker Street.

“It is a very busy car park and it is getting really dangerous,” the resident added. “Some drivers switch left very quickly into the car park when nobody is in front of them while they are approaching it from the Derbyshire Lane and Central Avenue junction.

“They may well be unaware of children running about and drivers reversing cars. I often fear the worst.

“Directional markings are needed for vehicles both going in and exiting the car park to make for increased safety.”

Samantha Jones, of Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, who regularly uses the car park while shopping in Hucknall town centre, said she shared the concerns that the car park was a potential accident blackspot.

She added that one day she saw a car swerve straight into Piggins Croft and another driver who was trying to leave the site had to take swift evasive action to avoid a collision.

“I certainly share the view that something needs to be done to create greater safety,” Samantha added. “I would like to praise the resident who brought it up at the meeting. It’s time it was brought to people’s attention.”

The consultative group has taken up the resident’s observations.