Warning notices issued in bid to end parking dangers

Margaret Charles, left, with Universty of Buckingham staff and students showing notices and bad parking at Bernardines Way near the Verney Park campus buildings.'131010M-A400
Margaret Charles, left, with Universty of Buckingham staff and students showing notices and bad parking at Bernardines Way near the Verney Park campus buildings.'131010M-A400
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Librarians at the University of Buckingham’s Verney Park campus have been reduced to putting flyers on dangerously parked cars as they say nobody seems to be willing to take responsibility for keeping the road safe.

For two years, Sharon Salerno and Margaret Charles have been campaigning for action to stop cars parking along Buckingham’s Bernardines Way right up to the junction with London Road, creating a dangerous blind junction.

They claim the situation has been worse since January this year, when Aylesbury Vale District Council introduced parking charges at the Swan Pool car park, opposite Bernardines Way, and drivers began looking for free alternatives.

Mrs Salerno said: “We’re getting irate. No-one is taking responsibility.

“It’s putting so many people at risk and no-one is doing anything about it.

“We have received complaints from students over their safety.

“If there were lines on the road, it would prevent people parking there. We just need some kind of deterrent.”

Cars parked within 10 metres of a road junction after dark are in breach of the Highway Code.

This is a message Mrs Salerno and Mrs Charles point out in their flyers, along with a reminder that the junction is an access point for private homes and the university.

District councillor for Buckingham South, Robin Stuchbury, walked the area with highways officer Anne James in June to show her the problem.

But Ms James said Bucks County Council had no funds to alter or bring in new parking restrictions. She suggested that the Local Area Forum could consider prioritising it for funding next year.