Parking a danger’ says resident

PUBLISHED: 15:48 24 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

‘It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured’

‘It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured’

A RESIDENT has hit out at commuters leaving a solid line of cars along his road on a daily basis. Simon Morrison, who lives in Icknield Way, Letchworth GC, said that cars start arriving along the road at 6.30am and remain until 7pm or 8pm. Mr Morrison,

A RESIDENT has hit out at commuters leaving "a solid line of cars" along his road on a daily basis.

Simon Morrison, who lives in Icknield Way, Letchworth GC, said that cars start arriving along the road at 6.30am and remain until 7pm or 8pm.

Mr Morrison, 38, said the situation makes it "virtually impossible to park outside your house", and also difficult for visitors to park nearby.

He said that as well as the inconvenience, he has safety concerns as a number of animals have died on the road over the last year because of poor visibility and he fears for his six-year-old daughter crossing the road.

"We feel it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured trying to cross Icknield Way, in an accident caused by the grave lack of visibility, caused by so many parked cars," he said.

Mr Morrison maintains it is not a lack of space at the railway station car park which is causing the parking problem.

"Every time I go round [to the station] as late as 9am, there are spaces available but they just don't want to pay," he said.

To combat the problem, he is keen to have a residents' parking scheme set up in the area.

"I've got no objection to people parking outside the house per se, but if they could put some kind of time limit on it so that we know there's availability at some point to park outside your house during the day," he said.

He has contacted North Herts District Council a number of times about the issue, but was told a residents' parking scheme would just move the problem somewhere else.

The council also told him it was not necessarily commuters causing the problem.

He said: "I wrote to the council but I don't think they're really taking the situation seriously."

A spokesman for North Herts District Council said that Icknield Way is being considered as a possible controlled parking zone for residents only, but the council was unable to put a timescale on this as yet.


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