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Council hoping to defuse parking issue between Thatcham residents and SSE

Utility company's employees' vehicles parked in local roads make them dangerous to drive down

Council hoping to defuse parking issue between Thatcham residents and SSE

WEST Berkshire Council is looking to tackle irresponsible parking by SSE employees, but residents feel the situation won’t improve.

Residents have said they have been suffering with SSE employees parking in residential roads, notably Falmouth Way, Boscawen Way and Cropper Close.

The company has an arrangement to use Thatcham Football Club as an overflow car park for its Pipers Way facility, but residents say that SSE vehicles park on both sides of residential roads, up on pavements, on corners and across driveways.

They added that Falmouth Way had become difficult and dangerous to drive down because of vehicles obstructing the road, leading to traffic cones being placed in the road.

West Berkshire Council said that proposals to paint single yellow lines on Falmouth Way would be advertised soon, adding it hopes this would prevent daytime parking and allow the cones to be removed on the busy bus route.

But it added: “Should significant numbers of vehicles displace into the side roads, additional parking restrictions may be considered in the future. However, that may prevent residents’ visitors from being able to park so would only be introduced if this had overwhelming support from residents.” 

Boscawen Way resident Laura Adamson said that she couldn’t see the situation improving anytime soon.

Mrs Adamson said that she would support parking restrictions but felt that other residents would not sign up as it was only a few who experienced the problems.

“I just feel that the responsibility still lies with SSE,” she said.

“Their overflow parking is too far away and people are very unlikely to use it.

“So many companies have this issue but are responsible enough to arrange shuttle buses etc.

“Unfortunately SSE simply say they ask employees to park in a considerate manner but they can’t stop them parking in residential streets.”

Resident Malcolm Langford described the current situation as abysmal and feared that someone would be hurt if the problems continued.

He said: “I would have thought that with the amount of money they are making they could resolve the parking issue themselves. No expense is going to cover the death of somebody.” 

Mr Langford added that he didn’t think it would bother anybody if parking restrictions were imposed in Falmouth Way.

A spokesperson for SSE said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns and continue to remind employees of the additional parking arrangements that we have secured at the local football club to alleviate this issue.

“In addition to this unique arrangement with the local football club we offer incentives to car share, use public transport and cycle to reduce the volume of vehicles at this site.”

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