Friday, 24 September 2021

Parking issues as shoppers descend on sale

ABOUT 150 cars were parked on roads in and around Nettlebed on Saturday as hundreds of people attended the latest Sue Ryder hospice sale

ABOUT 150 cars were parked on roads in and around Nettlebed on Saturday as hundreds of people attended the latest Sue Ryder hospice sale.

This was despite an appeal by the charity for drivers to be more considerate to villagers following parking problems at last month?s sale.

More than 1,400 people attended that sale but they couldn?t use parts of the usual parking area at the hospice because the ground was boggy following rain and so parked all around the village, which upset residents.

Hundreds of people attended Saturday?s sale and despite about 600 being able to park at Joyce Grove many more left their cars at the side of nearby oads.

Barbara Lewis, chairwoman of Nettlebed Parish Council, said cars were parked dangerously on the B481 Watlington Street.

She estimated there were about 100 cars parked in Watlington Street, The Green, Old Kiln Lane and part of of the A4130 with another 50 on the B481, which goes to Highmoor. The car park in the village was full before 10am. An area next to the roundabout known as the triangle remained clear because a bank was created by Nettlebed Estates after the previous problems.

Councillor Lewis said: ?We agreed with Sue Ryder that they would have a couple more sales before we see if we need to take more measures. The next sale will be on April 4 and we?ll monitor it again. Each sale is slightly different ? last time was horrendous, almost the worst ever.?

After last month?s problems, Sue Ryder discussed the issue with the council, Nettlebed Estates, the Commons Conservators and Thames Valley Police in the hope of avoiding more chaos.

Tracey Hancock, head of hospice fund-raising, said: ?I would like to thank all those who visited the Nettlebed sale on Saturday for helping us with parking efficiently and considerately and working with the parking attendants to ensure they were able to maximise parking space within the hospice grounds.

?We parked over 600 cars in the car parks following work to make as much of the area as possible fit for purpose and also spread hay on boggier areas of ground to prevent cars getting stuck in the mud.

?We gave leaflets to all those attending, as well as putting them on cars parked in the surrounding area and in the village, asking visitors to the sale to park considerately and not block access routes or driveways.

?We will continue to work with Pcso Janice Smith on areas where there may still be possible improvements and also with the parish council, Nettlebed Estates and the Commons Conservators.?

The sales, which have been going for 30 years, are held every third Saturday.

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