Motorists blocking oap access

Grosvenor Court sheltered accommodation, Orrell
Grosvenor Court sheltered accommodation, Orrell

IRRESPONSIBLE motorists are blocking access to a sheltered accommodation in Wigan.

Drivers who wish to go shopping in Pemberton town centre are driving down Loch Street, off Orrell Road in an attempt to access the car park in Queen Street, but upon realising it is a no through road, they are abandoning their cars.

And that is causing a problem for residents living in Grosvenor Court Sheltered Accommodation, because as a result, they struggle to access the entrance.

It also poses a problem for ambulances who wish to get through.

And large lorries have gone down the road, and as they turn around, they knock the metal bollard on the pavement which blocks the road.

Ward councillor Jeanette Prescott is now calling for council engineers to erect a sign to redirect motorists away from Orrell Road.

She said: “The issue is that cars try to access Queen Street via Orrell Road, but it is a no through zone. We have a sign but people don’t take any notice. Residents have been told drivers are trying to get to the two free car parking areas in Queen Street, which is accessible from Fleet Street. We are meeting with the engineers to request a sign is put up near to the lights on Orrell Road showing directions.

“Residents can’t get in to be dropped of by relative near to the entrance of the hope due to cars parking on the entrance leaving no access.

“We have been informed that an ambulance couldn’t gain access to the building and this brings great concern to us, when people our put at risk by careless drivers will also be looking at double yellows on the corner of the road and will ask residents to report anyone parking on them.

“I want people to think about what they are doing as time can make a difference to saving lives. I want people shopping to use the car parks either in Church Street or in Queen Street, which can be accessed from Fleet Street, instead of Orrell Road.

“Residents in sheltered accommodation are not always good on their feet and need to be dropped off near to the door, especially in bad weather.”

Wigan Council confirmed that it is investigating the parking problems close to Grosvenor Court.