09:00 Friday 06 December 2013

Abbots Bromley parking 'illegal' and 'dangerous'

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

08/08/13 Abbots Bromley Parking - Abbots Bromley, Abbots BromleyGeneral pics of dangerous parking near junctions and on the blind bend by the Goats Head 08/08/13 Abbots Bromley Parking - Abbots Bromley, Abbots BromleyGeneral pics of dangerous parking near junctions and on the blind bend by the Goats Head

A RESIDENT of Abbots Bromley has spoken of his frustration at the ‘illegal’ parking of buses near junctions in the village.

Nathan Parker, who lives in the village, has slammed ‘dangerous parking’ by bus drivers they parked their vehicles near junctions and caused difficulties for other road users.

Abbots Bromley residents are now being advised to contact the county council when they see buses parked too close to junctions.

Mr Parker said: “Almost every morning there are one, perhaps two, buses parked at the bottom of Schoolhouse Road, blocking the view of people trying to get out.

“I believe they are parked illegally as they need to be at least 10 metres or 32 feet from the junction with reference to section 243 of the Highway Code and I’m sure that the buses are not within that.”

A county council spokesman said: “Three different types of bus park up in Abbots Bromley.

“There are a number of school buses, three service buses and a private coach.

“We would advise residents to take down the name on the side of the bus and report it to us so we are aware of which buses are parking too near to the junctions.”

Parking has been an ongoing issue for the village as certain parts of the Uttoxeter Road are made one-way due to a lack of off-road residential parking.

Parking on blind bends also continues to plague villagers including cars parked on the corner next to The Goat, in Market Place continues to be an issue.

A resident of Abbots Bromley, who does not wish to be named said: “It’s the people who park their cars on the blind corner by the Goat that need to sort themselves out.

“If they weren’t parked there, then there wouldn’t be a problem for the drivers.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Speeding through the village has also been raised as a concern of residents, especially of tractors.

Roger Jarman, chairman of Abbots Bromley Parish Council said: “Regarding cars near junctions, we acknowledge this is a problem and we have been to Staffordshire County Council on the issue before, requesting them to put in double yellow lines on certain dangerous junctions.

“These include the Church Lane junction, the Goose Lane junction, on the corner by the Goats Head and at the end of Hoar Hill Lane.

“We made the request some two years ago but unfortunately were informed at the time that we were not high enough up the list of priority.”

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