Calls for action over staff cars at Crystal Peaks

Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, who is business and development spokesman on Sheffield Council.
Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, who is business and development spokesman on Sheffield Council.
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Staff at a Sheffield shopping centre staff have been accused of causing a nightmare for neighbours by blocking roads.

Communities in Beighton and Mosborough are demanding action after a huge rise in the number of employees at Crystal Peaks shopping centre, Waterthorpe, parking in residential areas.

Workers have been forced to find alternative spaces because they are prevented from using the main car park during peak times, with four-hour restrictions in place.

Residents say the issue is making access to properties difficult for care workers, medical or social visits and deliveries.

Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield Council Labour member for Beighton, said: “I understand Crystal Peaks staff are just trying to park to get to work, but in a more serious situation of an ambulance being required the delay congested side roads could cause is a real concern. I’d ask them to consider the nuisance this policy is causing residents.

“Good business is about reputation and relationships. They should consider their neighbours who are also their customers.”

Crystal Peaks said it recognises the need for more staff parking.

Lee Greenwood, centre manager, said: “Unfortunately, the opportunity to expand the centre and its parking provision and for the centre to contribute investment in an improved public transport infrastructure was withdrawn by Sheffield Council a couple of years ago.

“We have no control over parking policies for nearby streets – it is the local authority’s responsibility to ensure access for emergency vehicles on public highways is maintained. We have never advocated staff parking on public roads and have been working to encourage staff to look at public transport.”