Basford Hall College causing parking mayhem, say residents
BASFORD residents claim college staff and students are parking "dangerously" in blind-spots, blocking off driveways and causing congestion in their neighbourhood.
Their community group met last night to discuss the issue with representatives from Basford Hall College, which is run by New College Nottingham, and Nottingham City Council.
Residents say the problem started in November when the college started charging staff and students to park on campus after the city council introduced the Workplace Parking Levy.
They are also concerned that if ambulances or fire engines need emergency access they would struggle to get through.
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The parking is a particular problem for people living in Winrow Gardens and Ladbrooke Crescent.
Angela Cairns, 52, of Stockhill Circus, is the chairwoman of SALTAR (Stockhill and Ladbrooke Tenants' and Residents' Association), and sent out questionnaires to more than 200 residents, which were returned at last night's meeting.
"There have been a number of near misses at the T-junction between Winrow Gardens and Stockhill Lane," Mrs Cairns warned.
"If it was three or four cars it wouldn't be a problem – there are so many you just can't see oncoming traffic when you pull out of the close."
The situation was made worse when the college put up a fence along its driveway, stopping staff and students parking on the grass verge for free.
Mother-of-three Dawn Gathercole, 33, Winrow Gardens, woke up one day to find a van blocking the end of her driveway. "It's becoming an absolute nightmare," she said.
Paula Clifford and her husband Malcolm live in Ladbrooke Crescent and are on the SALTAR committee.
Mrs Clifford said: "It's inconsiderate, it's dangerous and it's causing congestion."
After Mrs Clifford contacted the college, staff and students were warned to park considerately but residents say there are still problems.
Paul Lonsdale, of New College Nottingham, said they wanted to work with residents and the council to find a "mutually beneficial solution".
He added that the college has already been in "regular dialogue with the city council regarding the impact" of the Workplace Parking Levy.
"We are regretful for any inconvenience that residents are experiencing," he said.
Mr Lonsdale added they otherwise enjoyed a good relationship with the community.