Parking problems are a ‘disgrace’ say Preston residents

CAR NIGHTMARE: Residents Christine and Billy Worswick with Coun Martyn Rawlinson holding some of the correspondence written about the problem
CAR NIGHTMARE: Residents Christine and Billy Worswick with Coun Martyn Rawlinson holding some of the correspondence written about the problem
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Neighbours in a city street say they feel like they are living “in the middle of a scrap yard”, as a parking problem has got worse.

Residents in Church Avenue, off New Hall Lane, claim the number of vehicles blocking the road and pavements has increased since they raised their fears last year.

All we want is a bit of respect. You can only get one car down the street and it’s a two-way road.

They say wheelchair users can be forced to travel on the roads to avoid parked cars, and describe the situation as a “disgrace”.

Grandfather Billy Worswick, who lives in Church Avenue said: “It’s unbelievable.

“The site of St Teresa’s club and St Teresa’s Church are shut so they are parking all the cars on there.”

He said cars parked in the street didn’t all belong to residents, and said he thought some may be from nearby garages.

However, when contacted by the Lancashire Evening Post, both Devonshire Garage and Lukas Auto said the cars didn’t belong to them.

Billy, 66, said: “People can’t get through with prams.

“Now there are more cars, and they are being left for months on end.

“All we want is a bit of respect. You can only get one car down the street and it’s a two-way road.

“I have a disabled granddaughter and my daughter has to walk down the middle of the road with her.”

Fishwick councillor Martyn Rawlinson said: “It’s a dreadful situation to have to live by.

“It’s horrible, both sides of the street are lined with cars with just a narrow channel to drive through, if you’re lucky.”

He said he had “tried everything” to tackle the problem, including contacting Preston Council, Lancashire County Council and the police, as well as producing newsletters telling residents how to report the issue.

He said: “It just looks horrible, it looks really scruffy.

“Church Avenue is a nice avenue, there’s the church, the football pitch and the bungalows, and they are ruining it.”

Paul Dunne, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Preston, said: “We’re aware of the long-standing issue in this area and have previously worked with Preston Council planning officers and the police to try and resolve the situation.

“We have recently made a number of site visits to assess the situation again, and whilst there are occasions when vehicles park on Church Avenue to access local properties, the garages and other businesses on New Hall Lane, they are not committing an offence as there are no parking restrictions in place.

“Introducing parking restrictions would prevent local residents from parking close to their own homes and may cause further issues as cars are displaced elsewhere.

“We have recently been made aware of the latest issue and will be meeting with Preston Council and the police to discuss the available options.”