20th Jan, 2017

Warwick parking nightmare is "accident waiting to happen" say residents

Leamington Editorial 13th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RESIDENTS in Warwick have accused council chiefs of playing “Russian roulette” with their lives.

John Carroll says residents in Weston Close take their lives in their hands every time they cross the road owing to the number of commuters who use the road to park while they go to work.

The pensioner wants to see restrictions on parking extended as the road is also home to James Court retirement homes. Mr Carroll fears fears it is only a matter of time before one of the elderly residents is hit by a car but claims he is being ignored by Warwickshire County Council.

He told the Observer: “The authorities are playing Russian roulette with our lives. Drivers cannot see the elderly people crossing between the dropped curbs which are obscured.

“Surely the cost of extending the yellow lines is less than sending out officers to enforce proper parking. It feels like the authorities won’t take responsibility and deal with the problem.”

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said: “Existing parking restrictions are being enforced on Weston Close and it is on our list for consideration for inclusion in our 2016/17 programme of works.”

Warwickshire Police issued a letter to Weston Close residents in June acknowledging the parking issues.