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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

By Leslie Jackson

Ipstones High Street.

Ipstones High Street.

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TRAFFIC is becoming so congested in a Moorlands village that it is bringing traffic to a standstill - threatening to delay emergency vehicles and potentially risking someone being hurt.

The warning was raised at a meeting of Ipstones Parish Council, where is was stated that the High Street and Church Lane area was getting worse as cars parked on both sides of the roads.

This forced traffic to reverse along roads in order to allow space for vehicles to get through.

Councillor Linda Malyon said: "One day someone is going to get hurt. Some nights many cars have to reverse along the road to clear a way for vehicles to get through.

"We should ask the district council to send wardens to monitor it as one day this will delay emergency vehicles.

"Vehicles are parked in two long lines along High Street with only a single gap to get through. This is causing long lines of traffic having to reverse as the road is completely blocked.

"Articulated lorries can't get through. They are always on the pavement.

"Church Lane is also very poor. We have got to have decent parking. We must again write to the county highways and our county councillor Gill Heath to look at this issue urgently."

Councillor John Barks said: "The roads are blocked. This is not only a highways problems, it is a police issue.

"There are two lines of cars and I have been stuck three times in a day.

"We have got to see a small amount of the old yellow lines reinstated.

"A load of straw could not get up Church Lane recently due to parked cars." Councillor Heather Morris said: "You can't see anything.

"Huge wagons and buses are going through early in the morning, especially just after 8am, and it is chaotic.

"What can we do? There are also vehicles parking on the junction of Church Lane and High Street which is dangerous. Drivers coming out of Church Lane can't see anything.

"We need to write to the county highways to get traffic wardens to come into the village at busy times to make sure no emergency vehicle is delayed."

Councillor Brian Snow said that many of the cars were parked in the areas both day and night.

He said: "Parking is now a problem. There is a need for yellow lines at the top where the two lines join, as there is only a single gap for both direction of vehicles to get through."

Councillors agreed to write to the county highways Councillor Heath stating that they are now very concerned about the issue in the village.

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