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Parking pledge does little to lift spirits in village

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner has pledged to do everything in his power to help put a stop to parking problems that have blighted a village in the south of the county for years.

Councillors in Repton turned to commissioner Alan Charles, such was their exasperation over the issue which they say has been rife for a decade.

Responding to a letter sent by Repton Parish Council, Mr Charles said he understood frustrations regarding the issue and had a plan of action to tackle illegal and inconsiderate parking across the county.

But he warned that ‘demand on resources’ was always a problem for the force and it was often a case of officers being in the right place at the right time.

Councillors and residents were offered some comfort though after it was revealed the area’s PCSOs are set to step up patrols in problem areas.

The main area of concern is High Street and Main Street, near the Bulls Head pub, which is often swamped with cars.

In April, the Mail reported that an ambulance was trapped in the village for 10 minutes when trying to reach an emergency.

A meeting was recently held at the village hall, where Repton councillor Michael Stanton said residents were ‘understandably aggrieved’.

At the parish council’s latest public meeting, members offered a lukewarm response to Mr Charles’ letter and suggested trying to solve the problem themselves by putting notices on windscreens in an attempt to deter them from parking there in the future.

Chairman John Shortt said: “Parking outside the Bulls Head has been a running problem for many years, it happens time and time again and we have made little progress.

“We all live in Repton, we all endure it. We’ll have to continue to do what we can, as limited as that may be.”

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