The Sheffield street where drivers abandon their cars and others spend ‘hours’ trying to park
Dangerous parking is getting so bad on a Nether Edge road that residents are considering moving away unless something is done to control it.
Drivers leaving their vehicles parked in dangerous positions, as well as blocking up pathways and residential streets, is a daily problem faced by those who live and work around Vincent Road, residents say.
Appeals have been made to Sheffield City Council and the police to take measures to reduce the amount of people parking and punish those who do so illegally and dangerously.
But so far nothing has been done, and some local people feel that their lives are affected by the parking ‘nightmare’ to the point where they are considering moving away from the area.
Zena Salum lives on South View Road and says she is affected by the bad parking at the bottom of Vincent Road daily.
She said: “It is horrendous. We are thinking about moving, it has got that bad.
“People are parking dangerously, out in the road, blocking junctions. I can’t understand why the police have not been round.
“I have neighbours who have said they have driven round for an hour looking for somewhere to park.
“I understand nobody has an automatic right to be able to park right outside their house, but sometimes I have to park three streets away. I have a child with additional needs and I can never park close to home when I pick him up from school.
Posts on the Only in Nether Edge Facebook Group showing the bad parking have drawn hundreds of comments from angry residents.
Dilwar Hussein commented: “They may as well have just parked in the middle of the road.”
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that they are looking into the issue having been contacted by residents asking for their help.
“Officers have been in the area today and there will be further patrols by PCSOs into the afternoon,” they said.
“We urge drivers to think carefully about where they choose to park their cars and be considerate of other road users and pedestrians.
“If inconsiderate and dangerous parking continues, officers will consider enforcement action.”
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said: “In recent years Sheffield City Council has suffered major reductions in the funding that it receives from Central Government.
“These reductions have impacted on the Transport Planning budget. So unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to satisfy all of the demands for schemes that we receive from across the entire city.
“All requests for the introduction of parking restrictions are recorded on a city-wide master list where each are assessed and prioritised.
“A request for double yellow lines at the junction of Vincent Road and South View Road is on the Transport Planning city-wide list.
“However, this is not in the planned 2020/21 programme of parking restrictions, at this time.”