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Spate of accidents sparks parking appeal in Tredworth

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

  • Usman Bhaimia

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After several accidents and near misses, residents in Tredworth are calling on highway bosses to make roads there safer by stopping cars parking dangerously.

Two cars collided near the junction of High Street and Tredworth Road on Friday morning – just the latest in a string of incidents, according to those living nearby.

It has sparked fresh calls to stop illegal parking on double yellow lines on High Street and Victory Road and make it safer for drivers and pedestrians.

Debbie Wilcox, of Victory Road, said that on her one-way street, people frequently parked on double lines near the junction with High Street and that there have been near misses.

“Cars are parked along the right hand side where there are double yellow lines,” she said. “This makes it dangerous when you pull out because you can’t see anything.

“I have reported this issue to highways but nothing has been done yet. I have children and find it worrying. They should put zigzag lines along the junction so people won’t park there and drivers can see oncoming cars on High Street as they pull out. It gets very busy during school times and it is dangerous for children and pedestrians.”

Paddy Maloney, landlord of Victory Hotel, on the corner of High Street and Victory Road, said: “It gets busier during school times and the streets around here are tight. Some people block our car park too. It is really busy around here and I have only been running this pub for four months. Drivers have to be careful of cars parked on both sides.”

Councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said he has noted the issue and is now asking Gloucestershire Highways to also take action before it gets worse.

He said: “It is a very narrow street and you often see drivers parking on both sides of the road. Highways should stop people from parking on the street by making it resident only parking.”

Jim Daniels, parking manager for Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Parking restrictions are there to keep people safe by maintaining visibility and road users must obey them. We are working with our enforcement provider to make sure the situation is investigated.”

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  • honslknjklyt  |  January 27 2014, 12:11PM

    What makes me sick about council parking enforcement is that they only seem to care when an area will bring in the most money, such as town centres and in daytime hours. Very often problems are caused by inconsiderate motorists who are the very residents themselves. They park and so long as they can get in they don't care about anyone else parking. This means there is little chance of councils doing anything in areas such as this. I have to credit private parking companies, they operate 24 hours at all various times and this means that the main ones causing problems get dealt with.

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  • cosmicc  |  January 27 2014, 9:28AM

    Thanks for that glosvegas - most enlightening regarding the parking issues. Same old story - inconsiderate motorists,especially at school times.The same situation occurs in the St Pauls area in New Street/Weston Road. What will be done - Nothing. At least until a child is injured or killed.The police don't care,the council don't care,and the highways department don't care.

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  • SandraPee  |  January 27 2014, 9:14AM

    Going onto another area , WHEN will something be done to stop, once and for all , vehicles turning right out of Alvin Street onto London Road ? The council has spent loads of money altering the junction and putting up signs and road markings , yet still vehicles turning right straight onto the pedestrian crossing , and cutting across others turning into Alvin Street . Also cars/vans park just inside that road on double yellow lines causing problems .

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  • citon  |  January 27 2014, 8:17AM

    Probably the same result I get about the same complaints, just a different location. Private hire minibus parks on a blind bend and the licensing authority (Tewkesbury), nor the Police are the faintest bit interested. Complaints to the private hire operator get the two fingered salute.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 27 2014, 12:17AM

    I've made this complaint about parking on double yellow lines in that area. Will it be any better now that there have been collisions or now that a councillor has complained? What do you think?

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  • Walker100e  |  January 26 2014, 10:23PM

    Debbie Wilcox....If they park on double yellow lines why do you think zig zags will make a difference? "I have children and find it worrying.".........Why do you find it worrying to have children?

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  January 26 2014, 6:22PM

    We've been here before. In the run-up to May council elections, politicians pretend to care about these issues, but if they really wanted to do something, the bloke who parks his transit van on the road next to that junction would be dealt with once and for all. Until then, the empty promises about other vehicles will be seen as just that. Devoid of any genuine intent. Happy canvassing.