Parking danger

FED up residents in Portishead say their roads have been made into giant car parks - by police working at the town's headquarters. People living in the Wetherley Drive area say staff working at the Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters in Valley Road have

FED up residents in Portishead say their roads have been made into giant car parks - by police working at the town's headquarters.People living in the Wetherley Drive area say staff working at the Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters in Valley Road have been using the surrounding streets as a makeshift car park.Residents say the extra cars are making it impossible to negotiate the roads and are even forcing buses to drive the wrong way around roundabouts and traffic islands.Annoyed homeowner Greg Ballesty has even tried ringing Avon and Somerset Police Chief Constable Colin Port to complain.Mr Ballesty said: "These people are coming to work at the headquarters and leaving their cars on residential roads. Bus drivers are even having to negotiate the traffic islands by going the wrong way around them because of all these parked cars."The other day I was driving home and I had to jam my brakes on because a bus was coming at me on the wrong side of the road because of the parked cars."I understand the bus drivers have been taking photographs of the problems to give to their managers in a bid to get the situation resolved."Police have blamed the increase of on-street parking on an influx of police trainees on site and the recruitment drive currently taking place to employ more police community support officers.Avon and Somerset Police spokesman Ceri Doyle said: "The parking is an occasional issue that has been exacerbated recently by a number of external factors outside our control. We are currently undertaking a review to alleviate this problem and treating it as a matter of urgency."Miss Doyle said the force closely monitored the timings of meetings on site and requested that staff car shared where possible.She added: "We have asked staff to be considerate of the parking needs of local residents and to ensure that this does not adversely impact on the access."Staff and visitors are made aware they must park legally as they are treated as other members of the public and parking tickets are being issued where necessary."The force has also sent letters to residents in the local area apologising for any inconvenience caused.


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