Sir, – I write in response to the article on Sandy Simpson, ‘Call for more responsible parking on Elgin street’, in last week’s ‘Scot’. I am the owner of ‘the big silver car’ on Main Street and I can say that I have never obstructed the pavement for any pedestrians.
I am a mother of two young children and have a pram and double buggy, and I know how it feels not to be able to get past vehicles parked inappropriatley, so I would not do this or put anyone in danger.
Main Street narrows halfway down near the corner shop at both sides, and this has been a saftey issue for some years. I am unable to get my single pram past without having to go onto the road, and when you have another child this can be very dangerous because it is a very busy road.
On a weekend I find it hard to get near my house as the road is clogged up with vehicles parked illegally on the double yellow lines. Nine times out of 10 it is taxis or vans while the drivers go into the bookie’s, leaving the road and pavements unsafe.
The council and police really need to concentrate on the speed of vehicles coming up and down Main Street leading to New Elgin Road, and the illegal parking on double yellow lines. My car has been hit twice and, luckily, no one was in it or close to it at the time of both incidents.
I feel very lucky that I can park my car outside my door as it protects my children from coming out of our house as the vehicles and large haulage vans come past sometimes at ridiculous speeds. No child or adult would have a chance.
This is a huge concern for the residents on Main Street and New Elgin Road, and I hope it’s not going to take an accident for the local authority to take note and finally do something about this. – Yours etc,