PARENTS picking up their children have been criticised for parking on grass verges and across people's driveways in Pinehurst.

Residents of The Bungalows say the congestion is so bad that sometimes they struggle to get their own cars out.

One man, who wants to remain anonymous, has lived there for over a decade and says it has become a big problem.

He told the Adver: “Cars are being parked on the pavement, on the corners and even in front of people’s driveways.

“I have a van and I struggle to get out. I have to dodge between all the cars to make sure I don’t hit their wing mirrors.

"One time I was at the bottom of the street and I tried to turn but I couldn’t as someone had their car in the way. I asked them to move and all I got was them shouting at me.

“It’s getting worst and nothing is being done about it, not by the council or police.”

The problem is at its worst around 8.30am and 3.30pm when parents are taking their children to and from school.

There are two schools nearby, Swindon Academy and Greenmeadow Primary School.

A 63-year-old woman, who lives in The Bungalows and wants to remain anonymous, also spoke out.

She said: “I always have to be careful of the time. Even when I’m out shopping I will be conscious so I can get back to my house without all the traffic and obstruction.

“Everyone is just trying to beat each other to a space and if they can’t they will park anywhere, whether that’s on the corners or on grass verges.

“One of my neighbours was trying to get out to go see her niece the other day and she couldn’t because she couldn’t get out. It’s not unusual for people to park in front of driveways.

“It’s the whole attitude people have which is a problem. In my contract for where I live it tells me I can’t park on grass verges so why can they?”

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: “Our parking civil enforcement officers do patrol in this area, although we are not aware of any major issues in this location.

“We would strongly encourage all parents to park responsibly when picking their children up from school or, if possible, consider leaving their cars at home and either walk to school or make use of public transport.”