‘Worried’ drivers fear leaving houses over parking issues – ‘every square inch matters’

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Residents in Barton are worried that parking restrictions near Gloucestershire Royal Hospital will bring more traffic their way. Gloucestershire County Council are currently considering whether to introduce resident permit parking to certain areas.

They are accepting feedback from residents in the Kingsholm area.

Trudy Newman, who lives in Widden Street, Barton, is worried about the council’s proposal to put restrictions on Horton Road, which connects the Kingsholm and Barton areas.

She’s concerned it will cause the “poor nurses” and hospital patients to park their cars on her already congested road. 

She said: “We are already full of cars from people going into town.

“So I think it might just all shunt on up. It will be even more chocka.

“Parking is so bad here, most people don’t like going out in the cars because they can’t get back in.

“It’s basically getting to the point where every square inch matters.

“My husband got into his car one day and he noticed that a lot of our neighbours were coming out with their car keys so they could all rush in and budge up.”

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Trudy’s husband, Dennis, also claimed: “Some people don’t know how to park properly and they come too far over on the pavement,” he told Gloucestershire Live.

Another local resident, Chris, said he feared for his children since there is less space for them to play on the street.

He said: “It would affect parking quite considerably. We have to keep parking further away from our houses. 

“If more cars are coming into the area, it’s going to make matters a lot worse.

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