Residents call for parking restrictions

Residents of Brassey Avenue and Firwood Close in Hampden Park are angry at ESCC not laying down double lines at the dangerous junction of the two streets where parking associated with Parklands School and Firwood House creates problems. (L to R): Shirley Lovell, Cllr Pat Hearn, Ken Lovell, John Lee and Kevin Fielder. September 4th 2013 E36103P
Residents of Brassey Avenue and Firwood Close in Hampden Park are angry at ESCC not laying down double lines at the dangerous junction of the two streets where parking associated with Parklands School and Firwood House creates problems. (L to R): Shirley Lovell, Cllr Pat Hearn, Ken Lovell, John Lee and Kevin Fielder. September 4th 2013 E36103P

Residents in Hampden Park are continuing with their campaign to see double yellow lines introduced on two roads which they say motorists are parking on dangerously.

People living in Firwood Close and Brassey Avenue have been calling on East Sussex County Council to place the restrictions on the corner of the roads. Campaigners say the roads are chockablock with cars and that some drivers park on pavements, block driveways and that on one occasion an ambulance was unable to get through.

The campaign began after residents learnt of plans for temporary classrooms to be built at Parkland Infant School in Brassey Avenue and were concerned at extra traffic coming to the area. The proposals were backed but the build never went ahead. However, campaigners are saying motorists are parking dangerously and are calling for action.

Resident John Lee said, “It’s quite a serious situation up here and it’s quite dangerous for people crossing the road.”

Councillor Pat Hearn said the road was often busy because of deliveries at Firwood House and staff using surrounding roads to park in.

She added, “There are some elderly residents here that have hospital appointments. One gentleman had to put out his car early in the morning because previously he had missed appointments [by being blocked in].”

County Councillor Mike Blanch said a site visit had taken place yesterday (Thursday) and a survey carried out.

He added, “I would like to think they will be able to come back by November with proposals they can bring forward. They understand the problems up there and have been sympathetic.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman added, “We are aware of residents’ concerns and will be fully investigating the issues as part of an ongoing review into parking in Eastbourne.”