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Pavement part-parking puts pedestrian in a positive pickle
A MAN who is forced to push his wife's wheelchair in the middle of a narrow street because of cars parked on the pavement has said someone could be killed unless the situation is rectified.
PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM: part-parking on the pavement causes problems (K6R9543)
Alastair Duncan, of Wood Lane, Woodford Green, uses Mill Lane but the journey he takes with his wife June, 70, is often plagued with hazards because of cars being allowed to part-park on both pavements in the street.
Mr Duncan says there is simply not enough space to get a wheelchair or a pushchair past the cars on the pavement, which forces vulnerable disabled people and parents with young children into the middle of the road.
The cars part-park on the pavement as there would not be enough space for traffic to get down the street if they parked conventionally on both sides.
However, the council says the problem has been noted and is the subject of a traffic management report currently being drawn up.
Mr Duncan, 65, said: "I often have to push the chair out into the road which can be very dangerous. Something needs to be done about this before someone is killed.
"The cars turning from the High Road turn on a blind corner and if a person happens to be walking in the road because they cannot get their pushchairs or wheelchairs past the parked cars then bang.
"Mill Lane is narrow as it is and something needs to be done urgently. I think they should just have parking on one side of the street and then it would be ok."
Mr Duncan moved to Woodford Green last summer and he says the problem has existed since then.
However, a Redbridge Council spokeswoman said the problem should soon be resolved.
She said: "The council is well aware of the problem and is looking at introducing a permit parking scheme in the area which should reduce the congestion.
"A traffic management report has been drawn up and will be presented to area two committee in the near future."