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Residents trapped by hospital visitors

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

FURIOUS residents of an Ipswich street have signed a petition for double yellow lines to stop hospital visitors parking across their driveways.

The narrow service road which runs alongside Heath Road, is directly opposite the entrance to Ipswich Hospital and people use it to avoid paying for parking across the road.

FURIOUS residents of an Ipswich street have signed a petition for double yellow lines to stop hospital visitors parking across their driveways.

The narrow service road which runs alongside Heath Road, is directly opposite the entrance to Ipswich Hospital and people use it to avoid paying for parking across the road.

Campaigners Cyril Burrows and Malcolm Billett say the problem has got so bad that they have resorted to noting the registration numbers of offending cars.

They have sent the petition of 49 signatures to Ipswich Borough Council, chief constable Paul Scott-Lee, chief inspector Alan Pawsey, councillor Russell Harsant, and hospital chairman Peter Bye.

Mr Burrows, aged 80, claims he needed hospital treatment to bandage cuts to his arms, legs and elbows after he tripped over a paving slab, following a discussion about a car parked across his driveway in October.

He said: "People are trying to escape paying for car parking across the road at the hospital, but it's gone beyond a joke now. It is impossible for me to get out of my drive at times."

He said there are seven children living near the service road and said: "Sometimes you cannot pass with a pushchair.

"The danger of the road becoming a car park speaks for itself. Or do we have to wait for a child to be seriously injured before the council takes any action?

"It would also be a problem if the emergency services were to be needed along Heath Road, and dustcarts also have a problem here.

"The residents have repeatedly made phone calls to the council, police and hospital. The police cannot turn up because they have to prioritise their workload, which we all agree with, and the times they have been able to attend they have issued parking tickets."

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council said : "We have received a petition and will look at the implications of it.

"It will be reported to a future executive committee and residents will be kept informed."

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