Residents living on a narrow one-way street have told how they are at the end of their tether.
Serena Smith has lived on the street for three years and says the problems are “devastating” to her and her husband as homeowners.
Amongst other issues, a lack of parking restrictions and a large number of local businesses in the area mean that Hoult Street in California, Derby, which is narrow anyway and meant to be one way, gets extremely busy.
Serena, whose name we have changed to preserve her anonymity, told Derbyshire Live: “It’s really dangerous. You’ve got schoolchildren who use this as a thoroughfare to get home from school. I’m amazed that something hasn’t happened already.
“It’s such a busy road and cars can just swing in. People are usually mindful at school times. but it only takes for one absolute bumpkin to speed along.”
While the street, a left turn off Uttoxeter New Road by the Premier convenience store and Sweet Sins dessert shop, is meant to be one way, poor signage and design means that motorists are often seen driving down it from its entrance on the other side on Camden Street, off Boundary Road. The directional complications are not the only issue.
The proximity of it to the two aforementioned business, and those on the other side of Uttoxeter New Road, mean that people often use it for parking.
There are no yellow lines or restrictions to parking on the street, so both sides are often rammed full of cars belonging to homeowners and customers alike.
Delivery drivers are also a frequent sight on the road – both those for Sweet Sins and those for the Bedford Arms pub on Bedford Street.
On occasion, according to Serena, they have left their vans in the road while they collect what they came for, blocking everybody else in.
She said: “It’s just crazy chaotic. We’ve had backups right up the street, cars honking, trying to get past. But if a van is in the way, you’re screwed.
“I’m surprised there hasn’t been a punch up. Once, a guy got out of his car and said to the van driver ‘Mate, I’m trying to get to work. The other guy said mate, I’m trying to do a delivery’. Everybody’s furious.”
All the issues have been compounded recently by the conversion of three old buildings into HMOs, with no extra street parking allocation for the extra traffic created by the increased number of residents on the road.
One resident leaves her dustbins in the road to save herself a parking spot. Another, who lives on Camden Street, said her parked car had been scraped ten times and tyres “ripped off” by lorries trying to get down the tight corridor.
Serena reckons that the problems could be alleviated by restricting parking on the road through permits for residents, yellow lines on one side, reversing the one way system and cutting off access to the street from Uttoxeter New Road.
That way, more parking spaces could be created at the Uttoxeter New Road entrance for customers of local businesses and Hoult Street would become a cul-de-sac that only residents and pedestrians use.
A spokesperson for Derby City Council said: “As is the case in all cities, many roads in Derby face the challenges associated with having been designed prior to the mass use of cars.
“If residents have concerns about issues in their area, they can raise them with ward councillors at their local neighbourhood forum.”
People took to Derbyshire Live’s Facebook page to comment on the situation.
One person wrote: “No yellow lines on my narrow street but we aren’t stupid enough to park both sides!”
“Just a normal street then lol,” quipped another.
A third person added: “One side of our street has cars parked up the curb, and still, my car has been hit several times.”