Parking issues cause access fears

Beverley Howard is complaining about parking in St Peter's Road, Wisbech, after an ambulance took an hour and a half to reach a patient because it couldn't get down the road.
Beverley Howard is complaining about parking in St Peter's Road, Wisbech, after an ambulance took an hour and a half to reach a patient because it couldn't get down the road.
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“There will be a death” is the warning from one Wisbech resident who is sick of irresponsible parking down her road which is making it impossible for emergency services to get down there.

The last straw for Beverley Howard was a couple of weeks ago when an ambulance allegedly took an hour and a half to get to an elderly resident because the road was blocked with vehicles.

Beverley lives in St Peter’s Road, a dead-end road with several elderly residents. She said despite one of Wisbech’s biggest free car parks just yards away, people still persist in parking down the narrow street.

There is not much parking for residents in the road but the problem is compounded by people working around the town centre who appear to be parking there.

Beverley said: “What if there’s a fire and the fire engines can’t get down there? There will be a death if that happens.”

But her concern is not just for the other residents in St Peter’s Road – Beverley’s six-year-old daughter has epilepsy and she fears if the girl needs urgent medical attention, she might not receive it in time.

“What if she has a fit at 3am and needs medicine right away? It could be life threatening. Something needs to be done.”

A police spokesperson said the local sergeant hasn’t personally heard of any complaints, but he is aware of the street and how problems could occur.

He will be patrolling along there to check for any problems.

If there are issues with parking, members of the public can alert police by calling 101. They can also attend a neighbourhood forum to talk with officers personally at more length. Details of forums are generally published in this newspaper, so keep an eye out.