Sunday, 19 September 2021

Sale visitors told to park more considerately

THE Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed has urged visitors to its sales to park more considerately

THE Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed has urged visitors to its sales to park more considerately.

The plea comes after residents were upset by cars being parked in the village during the sale on February 21.

The charity said about 1,400 people attended the sale but they couldn?t use parts of the usual parking area at the hospice because the ground was boggy following rain.

Tracey Hancock, head of hospice fund-raising, said that instead drivers parked in the village and on roadsides and verges, creating congestion around Joyce Grove.

Since then Sue Ryder staff have discussed the issue with Nettlebed Parish Council, Nettlebed Estates, the Commons Conservators and Thames Valley Police in the hope of avoiding more chaos at the latest sale tomorrow (Saturday).

The charity is asking visitors not to block driveways, access routes or bus stops and not to park dangerously on bends or at junctions. People are also asked not to park on the verges directly outside the hospice as they were recently restored by the conservators.

Sue Ryder says space within the hospice grounds will be maximised and hay will be laid on any areas of boggy ground to make it useable for parking.

Staff from Oxguard Securities, who manage parking at the sales, will direct visitors to areas where it is safe to park and there will now be five people on duty instead of the four previously.

Mrs Hancock said: ?We are very grateful for the amazing support we get from the community for our sales, which are an important source of income for the hospice.

?However, we are also very aware of the impact the sales days have on the local area and those living here.

?We want to work closely with all those affected to ensure we can find ways to reduce the parking and traffic problems that have been experienced recently.

?I would ask all those attending the sales to help us by being considerate to people in area and working with us and the team on site to ensure everyone has the best experience possible.

?Please also respect notices and coned-off areas which are marked as not suitable to park to prevent cars getting stuck in the mud.

?Our volunteers, who do such a wonderful job in running the sales, will now park in other areas around the hospice to free up as much parking space as possible for visitors.?

Mrs Hancock said Nettlebed Estates had contacted the hospice because they felt the last sale had caused considerable upset in the village.

Barbara Lewis, chairwoman of Nettlebed Parish Council, said: ?The parking situation was worse than it has been over recent years.

?Unfortunately, the parking problem is something we have tried to address over many years now and because people come from such a wide area it?s very difficult to get the message through to them to park considerately.

?The main problem from the last sale was that a lot of money ? and volunteers? time ? had been spent on clearing the triangle as you come to the roundabout in Nettlebed. There were something like 50 cars parked on there and some got stuck, I understand.

?I had so many phone calls from people in the village and also volunteers who were very upset by that. People were also parking so dangerously on the B481 Watlington Street that it was an accident waiting to happen.?

Pcso Janice Smith, who covers Nettlebed, said: ?We would ask all visitors who attend the Sue Ryder sales to co-operate with the staff regarding parking and to think about the effects that inconsiderate parking has on local residents and the safety of all road users.?

The sales, which have been going for 30 years, are held every third Saturday of the month and have been running for more than 30 years.

Tomorrow?s sale will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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