Drivers putting emergency services in a tight spot

A fire engine attempts to squeeze past a car in a narrow lane

Another example of inconsiderate parking

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INCONSIDERATE street parking proved problematic for the emergency services across the county at the weekend.

Street parking, which is often the most talked about issue in newly developed areas such as North Swindon, is also causing problems nearby Malmesbury.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, in conjunction with Wiltshire Police, took part in a factfinding mission to several areas at the weekend following concerns raised by residents recently via social media and conversations with fire crews.

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  • A tight squeeze

Chris Harvey, watch manager at Malmesbury Fire station, said selfish parking could lead to problems for fire, ambulance and police crews responding to incidents.

He said: “We visited the highlighted areas and are happy to confirm that we were able to reach each location.

“However, this was not without its challenges and at certain locations, alternative routes had to be sought for access, and, in other places, the gaps were so small that the fire engine had to be marshalled through the gaps at a less than walking pace.

“Had we been responding to an incident at these locations, then the vehicles that were causing the problems would have significantly impacted our response times.

“Hopefully when parking, people will start to consider if they have left enough room for an emergency vehicle to get through.”

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  • A fire engine tries to get past a car

Sgt Martin Alvis, of Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Neighbourhood Policing Team, joined the fire service for the practice.

He added: “The work that the fire service carry out in extremely challenging and often dangerous circumstances should be commended.

“As a community I ask that motorists really take time to look and see where they park. Cars were moved today and one motorist was fined.

“As we were dealing with one car, the crew received a shout and we were forced to take another route, extending the journey time.

“Thankfully all was in order but that extra time could have had a negative impact on the end result.”

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11:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

PJC says...

Put a snowplough type thing on the front, and just barge them aside. Would serve them right...
Put a snowplough type thing on the front, and just barge them aside. Would serve them right... PJC
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12:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Lazy parking, lazy people.
Many of the roads where this has been an issue have always been so, this hasnt stopped 3/4 car families and buying huge 4 wheel drive cars.

I think almost all people would welcome either a web site where people could take a picture and report these vehicles or teams of locals acting in the same way as local speed camera operators?

Lets keep our green and pleasant land. Park in allocated spaces.
Lazy parking, lazy people. Many of the roads where this has been an issue have always been so, this hasnt stopped 3/4 car families and buying huge 4 wheel drive cars. I think almost all people would welcome either a web site where people could take a picture and report these vehicles or teams of locals acting in the same way as local speed camera operators? Lets keep our green and pleasant land. Park in allocated spaces. Badgersgetabadname
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1:33pm Tue 29 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Sadly there is no cure for selfishness and ignorance at all levels.
Sadly there is no cure for selfishness and ignorance at all levels. house on the hill
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1:48pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

There was a story on here not so long ago about Swindon public transport and many said they would not use public transport because they had already paid for road tax....Missing the point of using it to benefit all of us but these are the attitudes you face.
Does parking in such a way invalidate your insurance?
There was a story on here not so long ago about Swindon public transport and many said they would not use public transport because they had already paid for road tax....Missing the point of using it to benefit all of us but these are the attitudes you face. Does parking in such a way invalidate your insurance? Badgersgetabadname
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