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Residents unhappy with vehicles parking on grass verges on Fowlchurch Road in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Resident Dot Shepherd on the paving stones by her house. Inset, damage to the verges.

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Residents claim grass verges and a walkway outside their homes are being damaged by contractors working on a housing development.

While works are ongoing to build the new Daisy Haye Elderly complex in Ball Haye Road, Leek, contractors are using Fowlchurch Road to park their vehicles.

But residents, whose Lancaster Avenue houses back onto the road, say they are unhappy with the state that the grass verges are now in.

Widow Dot Shepherd, aged 80, is also concerned that one of the stepping stones she had laid more than two decades ago , to help her safely get across the grass verge, has been damaged.

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Mrs Shepherd said: "I asked for the district council for permission to put the stepping stones down around 24 years ago.

"I use a crutch to help me get around sometimes and these stepping stones help me safely get across the grass area which can get quite muddy.

"The stones have never cracked before. My neighbours also use the stepping stones as a safe way to get across the grass verge.

"It's such a shame because there are some really big tyre marks along the verges now and it's all muddy.

"The contractors have been parking along here since working on the Daisy Haye development.

"They have often parked quite heavy vehicles along here and I think it is one of those which has broken the stepping stone at the bottom.

"I know that they are working on the development but why do they need to park along here? Why can't they park in California Car Park?

"I also wonder how the waste wagons are getting to the tip with all the vehicles parked along here. I'm surprised there hasn't been an accident. I am also always picking up litter which some of the contractors are just throwing out of their vans at lunchtime."

Mrs Shepherd, whose parents bought the Lancaster Avenue house in the 1930s, added: "One of my neighbours has contacted the district council, which said that it was nothing to do with them and that it was up to the county council's highways department.

"He then contacted the county council who said that they would look into it but that they would probably not be able to do anything about it."

A spokesman for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which is part of the Ascent partnership building the Daisy Haye complex, said: "With the littering issue, we will be monitoring the situation and if necessary will be cleaning up the area and/or reminding people not to drop litter.

"There is nothing in terms of parking restrictions along there. As the paving stones were a request by the resident and we did not put them there, it is up to the resident to maintain them."

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council confirmed that there are no parking restrictions along the areas in question along Fowlchurch Road.

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