Workers cause parking misery

Car parking chaos in Wraxall.

Car parking chaos in Wraxall. - Credit: Archant

HOWEOWNERS on a Wraxall estate are upset about the number of cars parking outside their houses, causing congestion in the narrow streets.

While a new car park for more than 80 employees at GE Oil and Gas, in Nailsea, is set up, staff have been leaving their vehicles in The Elms during the working day.

Disgruntled residents are now concerned that emergency vehicles will be unable to get through as cars are parked along both sides of the residential streets.

Richard Davies, of Vowles Close, said: “It’s getting to the point where Lodge Lane can be quite dangerous now.

“Cars are parking all round the Wraxall development and it’s a safety issue.

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“The cars are all parking legally, but emergency vehicles might have a problem getting through.

“Some people can’t park outside their own properties and it causes a problem for visitors.

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“It does scare me because I walk up the road and some of the cars come down so fast, like there’s nobody about, and there’s going to be an accident sooner or later.”

Commuters have been parking in Lodge Lane, Vowles Close, Elm Lodge Road and Nailsea Park, as well as other nearby streets.

Residents from The Elms are now appealing to the motorists to park more considerately and think of the people living in the nearby homes.

Nailsea Town Council clerk, Ian Morrell, said: “GE is expanding and staff are parking in the roads, but these roads don’t have parking restrictions and it’s a nuisance for people living nearby.

“The company is no longer using the parking spaces which it did have at Coates Industrial Estate.

“But we are hoping there will be a dramatic change to the situation when the car park it has got planning consent for is constructed, which should be by the end of May.”

GE Oil and Gas has been given permission for a 173-space car park on greenbelt land on the outskirts of Nailsea, adjacent to its High Street base.

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