Following a meeting of Bouverie estate residents last week, local resident Lisa Bradshaw and Cllr Danielle Stone met with officers from Northampton Partnership Homes to discuss parking issues.
The problem is- Staff from local companies are using the estate for free parking during the week and park inconsiderately.
The impact of this is that:-
- Local people cannot park near to where they live.
- Shift workers returning home sometimes have to pay to park in Borough carparks.
- Carers and health workers find it difficult to park near to the people they are caring for.
- Cars are parked across dropped kerbs, on bends in the road and on corners.
- Wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs often have to veer out into the road.
- Refuse Lorries cannot access the rubbish bins. Refuse collectors have, at least on one occasion, had to physically lift a car out of the way to gain access.
Emergency vehicles find access to the residencies difficult.
Local spokesperson Lisa Bradshaw said:
“We want local parking for local people. There is no need for workers from St Andrews, Vernon Terrace School or from the hospital to park here. There are two nearby car parks that are empty all day. One is at Melbourne Walk and one behind the Spread Eagle pub. We are fed up of people parking so badly that women and children have to walk out into the road and that people with disabilities cannot use the dropped kerbs”.
Cllr Danielle Stone (Labour, Abington and Phippsville), said:
“We want the Borough to agree that staff from the Hospital and from the school can use our empty car parks- either free or at a fixed weekly cost. We want an enforcement campaign to stop people double parking, parking across dropped kerbs and on double yellow lines. We want the residents of Bouverie Estate to be safe and to be respected. They should be able to park near to their homes.”