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Council consider proposals as residents vent anger at parking
9:03pm Monday 11th October 2010 in Community
Council officers are currently considering a proposal for double yellow lines in Old Boat Walk, Hollingbury, to stop people parking dangerously.
These proposals have arisen as residents living in Buttercup Walk and Clovers End, on the Old Boat Walk Estate, have become increasingly frustrated with excessive parking in the area. A number of disputes have arisen. Residents have put forward their grievances to local councillors at Patcham Community Centre.
Mr. Svenski, 56, of Clovers End said: "People working on the estate often take advantage by parking in front of driveways, on the brow of the hill and on the corner of the road. Due to excessive parking, emergency vehicles in the past have not been able to access the street when they have been needed. Nurses attending to some of the elderly on the estate have had to park their cars quite a distance away from the street due to limited access. Also, my wife was nearly hit by a driver when she was pushing a pram, as cars parked on one of the turnings blocked the view of a driver coming up the road."
Arguments between residents and those drivers blocking access to driveways have arisen in the past and continue to do so. On one occasion, Mr. Svenski politely asked someone to move their car, only to be verbally abused.
Mrs. Alderson, from Buttercup Walk, added: "A resident in a wheelchair struggled as there were numerous cars obstructing the pavement and she could not get down the road."
Orbit South, who manage the Housing Estate, have looked into the complaints. A spokesperson stated that: "Orbit South has been working with and supporting our residents for a number of months, in their calls for double yellow lines near their homes. In August, we held a meeting to discuss the issues and invited Mike Wright, a representative from Brighton and Hove City Council's Highways Department. Mr. Wright agreed to support the call and took the complaint to the council's cabinet meeting. We are now waiting to hear the outcome."
The issue of parking on the estate has arisen due to the growth of Hollingbury Industrial Estate. The building of an Asda Superstore in 1987, together with additional retail units have all helped revive the local economy but have also created a nightmare concerning parking in the local area.
By Adam Cadle