Fee dodgers leave disabled Preston man a prisoner in his home

BLOCKED: Allan Robinson struggling to get past parked cars near his Fulwood home
BLOCKED: Allan Robinson struggling to get past parked cars near his Fulwood home
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  • Hospital parking fiasco means wheelchair user Allan can’t get out of his cul-de-sac
  • Plans have been granted for a new multi-storey at Royal Preston Hospital
  • Residents say the 680-space car park won’t solve the problem
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Wheelchair user Allan Robinson says thoughtless drivers have made him a prisoner in his own home.

The 57-year-old claims he has become a victim of indiscriminate parking on residential roads near to the Royal Preston Hospital.

All they are bothered about is finding somewhere to leave their cars so they don’t have to pay to park.

Allan Robinson

Cars left all day blocking pavements in St Clare’s Avenue, Fulwood, mean he can’t get out of the cul-de-sac without wheeling himself down the middle of the road.

“It’s dangerous and yet these car owners don’t seem to care,” he said.

“All they are bothered about is finding somewhere to leave their cars so they don’t have to pay to park.”

Parking has become a major issue around one of Lancashire’s busiest hospitals, with residents claiming the area is being blighted by staff and visitors looking to avoid paying charges.

Plans have been granted for a new multi-storey at the hospital to help ease the situation. But locals say the 680-space structure will not solve the problem while on-site parking fees make it more attractive for staff and visitors to leave their vehicles in the streets nearby.

“It’s purely down to money,” said Mr Robinson, a retired farmer. “Would you pay a few quid a day to park in the hospital grounds when there are residential areas across the road or round the corner where you can park for free?

“This has been going on for years, only it’s now getting much worse. People are parking on the pavements on either side of our road, making it impossible for someone like me in a wheelchair to get past.

“Some of my neighbours have tried to have a word with people when they park here and most of the time the drivers have been rude and said ‘What’s it got to do with you?’ They don’t think they are doing anything wrong because there aren’t any yellow lines to prevent them parking.

“It got so bad the other day that I called the police and they say they are going to look into it. I’ve also been on to our local councillors months ago, but they haven’t managed to do anything about it.

“All we want as residents is consideration. Would these people who park in our streets like it if people parked outside their homes and blocked their pavements? I reckon they wouldn’t.”