Leicestershire County Council staff parking provides A50 'danger'
People living opposite County Hall said they do not like plans to stop staff parking outside their homes on the A50 dual carriageway.
They want all cars banned from what they say is their acceleration lane, claiming the parking makes it very dangerous for them drive in and out of their properties.
County Hall has decided, however, to install parking bays which limit parking to two hours for a six-month trial period. Extras parking spaces are also being provided at County Hall to reduce the need to park on the road.
However, a majority of the 50 households affected have signed a petition calling for double yellow lines to be painted outside their homes instead.
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Resident Annette Oliver said: "We handed a petition to the highways department at County Hall because we do not want the two-hour parking bays they have proposed.
"While many of their employees do park here all day, an increasing number come and go to meetings, or to drop off paperwork. As soon as a space is vacant, it is quickly filled.
"Whether cars are parked here for two hours or all day, we still face the same risks. There will be increased risks if there are more coming and going all day. This is why we want no-parking restrictions."
Her husband, Peter, said: "It is extremely dangerous as we have to back out between parked cars into traffic which is travelling at 50mph.
"Out of the 50 properties affected, 40 have signed the petition asking for no parking from 8am to 6pm on weekdays.
"We are having the bays – albeit for an experimental six-month period – but no action will be taken until they have their additional parking spaces on site.
"We could still be in the same position this time next year. Must we wait until someone is killed?"
County councillor for the area, Brian Page, said: "The proposal for the two-hour waiting-only is being introduced in April for a six-month pilot. This is so we see at how it works and if it needs tweaking.
"The residents do not want any parking. But the lane in question is a service lane which was installed to allow delivery vans and other vehicles to park temporarily.
"The two-hour option, was decided upon following a public consultation."
He said to ease the pressure of parking on the road the council was constructing additional onsite parking places for staff and visitors at County Hall.
A Leicestershire County Council spokesman said moves to resolve the parking issues included the extension of the 24-hour restrictions at the junction of Faire Road and the A50, and the implementation of two-hour parking restrictions on the third lane of the A50.
He said: "This scheme will be implemented at the same time a 186-space extension of the County Hall car park is opened in the spring. It will also coincide with a push to encourage staff to use our own car park."
He said the authority was trying to urge staff to think about alternative ways of getting to work.