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Glover's Court gets to grips with parking Featured

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glovers-court-ambulance-bay-parkedResidents and staff of Glover's Court have reached breaking point over access to their premises and presented a solution to Malmesbury Town Council at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Ambulances, carers and district nurses are left with nowhere to park when other cars park outside their premises, even illegally blocking the ambulance bay.

Spokesperson, Sheena Mac Brayne explained that visitors, relatives and even disabled residents with cars have to find spaces wherever they can, often some distance away and the list goes on. Within the 25 flats nearly 50% of residents are disabled and the majority over 70 so it's everyone from doctors, chemists, chiropodists, podiatrists and general deliveries that require constant access. Even the bins are often obstructed, such is the fight for parking spaces in the area.

A proposal was put forward for 6 spaces directly outside the building to be transferred from Wiltshire Council to Westlea Housing Association, who own Glover's Court but as Westlea own other parking areas in the town, Town Councillors suggested that a separate parking area could be signed over to Wiltshire Council in return. Cllr Charles Vernon felt that it would be better for the land to remain under the Highway and get them to enforce it but with council funds under strain, it's yet to be determined how this would be funded. Cllr Goldstone, who lives in nearby West Street acknowledged the difficulties in parking, suggesting it was the same for all local residents and didn't want to open the floodgates to requests for private residents' parking.

Cllr Killane passionately defended the Glover's Court residents, stating that the decision should be made on the grounds of safety to protect our elderly residents. Kim Power, who will be standing for election next month also stated that many older and sick residents don't have a choice in where they live.

glovers-court-bins-parkedThe matter is to be addressed at the Area Board meeting on 7th September. Anna Haggerty and Sheena Mac Brayne, Jt. Chair Glover's Court Residents' Committee expressed their wish that any comments or input local residents wish to make will be very welcome.

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