July 21, 2011
fire crews warn 'poor parking putting lives at risk'
fire crews have this week warned that lives are being put at risk
by motorists who carelessly block access to emergency vehicles.
The blunt message comes after two incidents in Alstone Road,
Highbridge, where fire crews attending incidents have been unable
to drive by cars parked on both sides of the street and have had
to reverse back and take an alternative route - wasting crucial
Burnham fire officer Dick Solomon told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "When
we tried to get to a fire along Alstone Road this week we were
confronted by vehicles along both sides of the roadway. A car
could get through, but not a vehicle as wide as a fire engine
or an ambulance."
sirens and horns, we brought it to the attention of residents
- some of whom moved their vehicles, but some were left blocking
"We had to reverse out, turn around and take a different
route along Alstone Lane instead - wasting four to five minutes
of crucial time."
there was another route for us on this occasion but that's not
always the case and we need the public to understand that the
consequence of poor parking like this is that lives could be put
added that while this latest incident turned out to be a false
alarm - where a large bonfire was burning under control after
smoke had been spotted - next time it might be more serious.
is the second incident here in a month - it's a problem we face
more and more, particularly on housing estates where space is
restricted," he added.
Police were called to the scene in Alstone Road to try and resolve
the matter and Burnham Police's Inspector Roger Tolley said investigations
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Our beat team area
aware of this incident and are making enquiries. Parking on any
road that causes an obstruction to emergency vehicles is an offence
and we take incidents like this very seriously."