In response to T Goulding’s remarks about bus parking in Bircham Road (Your Letters, 17 May), I would like to make a few points. First, Bircham Road was originally a private road that was adopted by the council. It has never been a through road and is purely residential.
Parking by Sanders’ buses in Bircham Road is not to collect passengers; it is simply to facilitate lengthy recreational breaks for the drivers.
As a consequence, large vehicles, sometimes in an unsatisfactory condition, have been left in dangerous and thoughtless positions, with no concern for anyone living locally.
Some years ago there was a serious crash by the Bircham Road junction, which was caused by a driver pulling out and not seeing approaching traffic. I’m sure nobody wants a repeat of this due to thoughtless parking by the driver of a large, obstructive vehicle.
Relatively recently, coaches began parking at the top end of Bircham Road and blocking residents’ driveways. This was the point when several residents, myself included, felt that things had simply gone too far.
Moving on to Ollands Road, it has been a through route for centuries and anyone buying a property in the street will be fully aware of this.
Nevertheless, parking has become progressively worse along the lower area of the road. There are often vehicles left on stretches of the pavement, sometimes obstructing its entire width. Hopefully, the campaign to make this illegal in all parts of the country will soon become law.
With regard to the daily parking around Spar, this is really bad. It’s hardly surprising that cars are often damaged in minor collisions; sadly, nobody seems to care much, one way or the other.
Perhaps the most worrying thing I’ve seen recently has been vehicles actually parked by the wall on the bend. Talk about asking for trouble!
I am frankly surprised that [your correspondent] is suggesting that if we want certain services, and perhaps improvements to them, it’s a matter of tolerating all manner of inconvenience and sometimes turning a blind eye to danger and law-breaking.
Might I suggest that rather than putting up with the chaotic situation in their own road, [your correspondent] speaks to the council and makes an effort to improve things for everyone living locally by making a few constructive suggestions.
Bill Rose, Bircham Road, Reepham