Residents call for double yellow lines to stop nuisance parking on narrow Sheffield road
Frustrated residents living on a narrow Sheffield road are calling on the council to paint double yellow lines along their street in a bid to stop nuisance parking.
Andrea Foulkes, 54, and her husband Nigel, 49, have been fighting for double yellow lines on Barton Road, in Heeley, for a number of years and are becoming increasingly disheartened at the lack of action by Sheffield Council.
The couple, who have lived in a property near to the junction with Spring Wood since 1997, said the parking problem along their street has been getting progressively worse over the last five years and sometimes means they cannot to use their own drive.
Many of their neighbours also have off-road parking and struggle with the same issue.
Andrea said: "Opposite our house is a small pathway, a garage and a small wall. The way the cars park it stops us from getting out the driveway. We then have to park on the pavement if we've gone out and the cars have parked there when we get back.
"It's just frustrating - the other day a fire engine couldn't get through and I heard people saying that it might have to go round. It always makes it a hazard for the public to pass the front of our house. I've got no other choice but to park on the pavement though, I'm forced to double park as I can't get on the drive."
The pair have previously contacted Sheffield Council detailing their concerns but Andrea said she was told they had 'no money in the budget' for the double yellow lines.
They also wrote to their MP who is said to have had the same response from the council.
"We're just losing hope," Andrea added. "You pay your council tax and that is supposed to pay for the roads and for the emergency services but it makes you wonder was it is being used for. A number of the residents have campaigned for the double yellow lines, including our next door neighbour who has sadly died. He used to go out and tell them to move their cars.
"My main concern is that emergency services won't be able to access the properties due to the parking."
Sheffield Council have been contacted for comment but had not responded when The Star went to print.