Residents of Stapleford have shared their concerns about ‘irresponsible parking’ after emergency vehicles were blocked two nights in a row. One night involving a fire truck and the other night an ambulance.
On April 9, officers from Stapleford Fire Station were called to an address on Gibbons Avenue, but the fire truck was delayed by parked cars. Two firefighters had to run to the scene with a backpack of water and used a garden hose on the fire. The fire truck was finally able to get to the fire and use its high pressure hose reels. The following night, April 10, an ambulance was called to a property across the street and it was reported that a vehicle was blocking some steps which meant a patient could not be placed on the stretcher.
Residents of Gibbons Avenue told Nottinghamshire Live the problem was ‘getting worse and worse’ and said ‘people’s lives could be at risk’. John Bonsall, who is 83 and retired, says it’s tough for firefighters.
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Mr Bonsall said: ‘It’s just irresponsible parking. I accept that people need to park near their house. I think it’s irresponsible. I know it will be hard on the firefighters. People’s lives could be in danger. The school when they arrive here is not too bad, they stay there for 20 minutes.”
Another resident, Miss Hallam, 38, a housekeeper, told Nottinghamshire Live there was not enough parking space on the avenue. She said: ‘It’s awful – it’s really, really bad, especially at school. Parents park anywhere and everywhere.
“It’s not just that, in the evening we have the same thing where people park anywhere and everywhere. I lived here 16 years and it’s getting worse and worse. It’s really bad. It’s people’s lives. I don’t know what can be done to improve the situation. It is such a small avenue that there are not enough parking spaces. It’s a bit of a nightmare. If there was an ambulance to come to school, it would be carnage.
A resident who gave the name Simon, 47, says people often park outside garages on the road, which adds to the problem. He said, “That’s ridiculous. They are renovating the garages. People think they are unused so park in front of the garages. We rent a garage and people have signs because people park in front.
“During school periods, people park on this road who work in the region. It’s awful. Where are residents supposed to park? Many houses here – talk about getting rid of hedges and having a lowered sidewalk. Then there are the environmental issues, having it tarred and cemented, but that has an effect on drainage and flooding.
Cllr Richard MacRae told Nottinghamshire Live: ‘People have to park somewhere. I think of course you have the right to park anywhere on the road, but there are just more cars on the road than parking spaces.
“When people park on grassy shoulders, trees fall and it’s happened before.
“We had two incidents in two nights. The fire truck had to drive to a garden fire and couldn’t get through.
“There are areas here that could be converted, no one wants to see trees cut down or grass removed, but for health and safety something needs to be done. It’s a last resort.
“The council needs to seek out and create more parking spaces. The facilities that are up to the minute here are not adequate.
Nottinghamhire Fire and Rescue Area Manager for Response, Andy Macey, said: ‘We are asking drivers to consider ‘Can we pass? Remember the three meter rule when parking in front of someone, don’t park too close to bends and obey road markings such as yellow lines and junctions.
“When responding to a 999 call, every second the emergency services delay can have serious consequences.
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