County Hall has no regard for residents
In response to Jenny Lindsay's letter ("Couldn't happen here, could it?" Mailbox, January 14) concerning County Hall staff parking and playing chicken across the A50 / Leicester Road.
Spare a thought for residents, such as myself, who are subjected to this ignorant parking every day.
Driving down Leicester Road when staff are leaving is like running the gauntlet.
It's not just County Hall staff playing chicken, it's staff from Glenfield Hospital, too, even though a crossing is provided for them – and even a subway for County Hall staff.
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Most choose not to use them because they will have to walk those extra few steps.
They would sooner unnerve drivers with their sudden appearance from behind bushes in the middle reservation.
Even though they see you coming, they carry on at their same slow pace across the road, regardless of any accidents they could cause.
After getting safely by them, we have another obstacle to overcome – cars parked outside our homes.
This on a dual carriageway, in a lane that was created for residents to be able to slow down safely and gain speed to join the traffic and not what it has been turned into – a car park.
The cars are parked along here every day, many before 8am when there would be many spaces for them to park in.
But they do not do so, as it is easier for them to dump their cars here and run across the road.
It's three years now that we have been subjected to this, with it gradually getting worse as this council moves more staff into an already bursting building.
Is this council bothered by the safety of residents and road users? Certainly not, it seems.
As long as no one parks outside its own building, it doesn't seem bothered.
It has no consideration for us fed-up residents, who are subjected to a daily struggle, taking pot luck that no one is coming when we have to back out of our drives.
Because that's what we have to do when these selfish chicken runners park right up to the end of our driveways.
How else are we meant to get out of them? We are now on petition number two.
Residents have written letters, (I have written two), to stop parking along this busy road.
The council's response to our pleas? It is going to build another 167-space car park.
Because 300/500 more staff and their cars, plus the cars already parked along the A50 and surrounding roads, will all fit into 167 spaces.
Great calculations, Leicestershire County Council.
T Clifford, Glenfield.