Staff accused of causing traffic mayhem at Bristol depot
A TORY councillor has condemned council contractor May Gurney for causing traffic mayhem on a busy Bristol road.
Richard Eddy, who represents Bishopsworth ward, said since April the firm's staff have not been allowed to park their cars at a waste depot in Hartcliffe Way, next to a fire station.
Mr Eddy said this had led to a huge increase in on-street car parking on Headley Lane which is also used as a bus route.
Mr Eddy, who lives in Headley Park, has written to the council's deputy chief executive Graham Sims, who has responsibility for waste collection and management, urging him to intervene and change the management's policies.
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But Mr Eddy said that so far, there have been no improvements.
He said: "Local people are up-in- arms over the ongoing problems caused by 100 yards of parked vehicles, drastically reducing the available road space and creating congestion, including impeding the passage of large vehicles such as buses on the busy road.
"Council officers have stated that one option could be car-parking restrictions via a Traffic Regulation Order, but this could take years to put in place and could cost thousands of pounds. There has never been any problem with motorists parking their vehicles and blocking the bottom of Headley Lane, near the junction with Hartcliffe Way. Now, it seems that May Gurney management have got it into their heads that they should be stopping their employees from parking on-site, with the result that busy residential streets are increasingly blocked by traffic.
"It seems ridiculous for local people to have to endure this situation for years while a TRO is procured at significant cost to the council tax payer. Since the Hartcliffe Way depot is intended to be rebuilt as a £2 million recycling centre for South Bristol, the Council should press May Gurney management to stop creating traffic mayhem and for their staff to park in a more responsible manner."
A council spokeswoman said: "We acknowledge that residents are frustrated by obstructive parking in Headley Lane, and the council is in close discussions with May Gurney to find a solution. The council's enforcement powers in this situation are regrettably very limited. The only solution would be to create double yellow lines – and the legal and technical work to achieve this would inevitably take some months to complete. The company only has a matter of weeks at the depot, which rules this option out. The council is hopeful of an agreement between May Gurney and its staff, to put an end to parking at Headley Lane. But parking in Headley Lane is not illegal unless it is obstructive, and it is then a matter for the police."
May Gurney is soon expected to move to a new base in St Philip's and the Hartcliffe Way depot will be turned into a recycling centre for south Bristol. It will be open seven days a week and will mean that people in South Bristol will not have to cross the city to dispose of their waste at the recycling centre in Days Road, St Philip's.