Locals fuming after quiet cul-de-sac taken over by 'rude' parents jostling for parking spaces

Fed-up locals have been driven round the bend by “rude and swearing” parents who block their driveways in a bitter school run row.

Fuming residents say their quiet cul-de-sac in Netherton, Dudley, West Mids., is being “taken over” twice a day by mums and dads jostling for spaces to park.

Some say they suffer verbal abuse if they ask parents to move their cars from outside their homes.

People have been using Greaves Road in the town to drop off and collect their children who attend nearby Northfield Road Primary School.

The school – rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors – teaches 411 pupils aged 4-11.

But residents say they are getting “sick and tired” of parents causing chaos on their narrow road twice a day.

One elderly resident claimed an ambulance was unable to park outside his home last week because of cars mounting the pavements either side of the road.

Sue Willetts, 63, who has lived in the street for 30 years, said: "I have had a lot of people swear at me which is just not on.

"When it's three times a day that you can't get in or out of your own driveway, it's a problem. School staff park here as well as the parents."

Her partner George Mortimer, 66, said: "The other day I asked a woman to move after she got out of her car.

"She said I was picking on her because she was pregnant but I couldn't see her."

Keith Whitehouse, 78, who has lived on the road for 32 years, said: "I couldn't get the ambulance outside my house the other week and that has happened two or three times before."

Mr Whitehouse said there was no respite for residents on weekends, with Sunday league football teams using the street as an unofficial car park while they play matches on the two pitches on the nearby Netherton Park.

He added: “The Sunday morning footballers come down and they just park anywhere they want and you get abuse if you ask them not to park in the cul-de-sac.

"They just say 'so-and-so off' and all the rest of it and you just don't want it.

"If you approach them there's an argument.

"One man said to me 'what the f*** has it got to do with you?'

"I said 'I live here, and how about I come down by your house and park it by your drive, and you couldn't get off?'"

Residents are hoping plans to build a car park with 25 spaces will be approved for land nearby.

The plans will go before Dudley Council's planning committee in December.

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