Back street car sellers cause front street jam

Forecourt: Cars for sale lined up in front of the doctors' surgery in Garstang Road, Preston.
Forecourt: Cars for sale lined up in front of the doctors' surgery in Garstang Road, Preston.
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Roadside car traders have been accused of blocking access to a doctors’ surgery for disabled and elderly patients.

Staff at the consulting rooms in Garstang Road, Preston, claim back street garages have been using the busy thoroughfare as an unauthorised car lot to sell vehicles.

“This has been going on for more than four years and no-one seems willing to sort it out,” said Gwen Davey, practice manager at the Moor Park Surgery. “The county council said they were looking into parking restrictions here in February 2010. We’re still waiting.”

The Evening Post counted seven vehicles with “For Sale” signs lined up outside the surgery. Staff say they are being left there day and night, preventing patients either parking or being dropped off near the door.

“We complained years ago and I still have a notice the county council sent us in 2010 in which they were proposing waiting restrictions to rid the road of these cars. We have a lot of elderly patients and they can’t park outside. We have proposed that the council put lines down restricting cars to either an hour or two. That would help. But absolutely nothing has been done.”

Preston councillors Christine Abram and David Hammond, both patients at the practice, are backing the fight to get restrictions outside. “People are getting annoyed,” said Coun Abram. “It’s ridiculous. I tried to get something done a year ago and I’m still waiting.” Coun Hammond added: “The only answer is to put restrictions along that stretch.”

When the Evening Post rang a mobile number which was on show in two of the vehicles, a man said: “I’m not a trader. Even if I was it isn’t illegal. If people request it I will move them. But no-one has ever asked.”

Paul Dunne, the county council highways manager for Preston said: “Following some new complaints we will look at this situation again, to see if anything has chan