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Calls for cops to look at parking problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

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POLICE chiefs are set to investigate major parking issues in a village after one incident saw an ambulance trapped for 10 minutes when trying to reach an emergency.

Derbyshire Police has been asked to intervene to improve issued caused by car parking in Repton following a deluge of complaints from residents.

The situation has reached such a critical point that parish council chiefs were forced to write to the area’s police and crime commissioner asking him for help.

A spokesman for Repton Parish Council said: “Problems were raised about issues arising from badly parked cars.

“Parking close to junctions is creating difficulties and in one case an ambulance was trapped in Well Lane fro more than 10 minutes.

“This issue can also block pavements preventing the use of mobility scooters.

“These problems are likely to increase with the new building proposed in Repton and the development of the health centre in the area.

“It was decided that the parish council clerk would write to the police and crime commissioner asking for police intervention, including the issue of warning notices and fines.”

This comes less than a month after a member of the public complained that she could not get her mobility scooter down several of the paths in the village.

Members of the parish council and Derbyshire Police have now issued a plea for people to make sure that they report any issues that they come across in the village.

A spokesman for the force said: “People are encouraged to not ignore events such as dangerous parking.

“However minor they should report it to the police on the non-emergency number 101.”

A parish council spokesman added: “Experience suggests that the more often these things are reports, the more the police will be inclined to act.”

Problematic parking is not a new one in the village, having been a bone of contention for many years.

The issue is often centred around High Street, but, in recent months, has widened out to several other village streets.

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