RESIDENTS fighting for car parking spaces outside their own homes say the situation is ‘beyond a joke’.
Sara Warren and Kadie Carroll both live in Graylingwell Drive – an area of the city where there are currently no parking restrictions.
But the neighbours say the roads are lined with cars belonging to non-residents – leaving residents battling to navigate the roads safely or even park at all.
“You wouldn’t get an emergency truck down here, there just is not room,” said Mrs Carroll.
“If your family come to visit, there is nowhere for them to park. It is a daily challenge.”
The area is not included in the city’s controlled parking zones, which have been introduced in other areas of the estate.
“It’s pushed everyone out, and now they all park here where there are no road markings.
“There are a lot of hospital staff and patients, and students, too.”
A spokesman for St Richard’s Hospital said there was a waiting list for staff wanting a parking permit.
“We cannot use more of the site for parking without having an impact on the clinical services we provide,” he said.
“We regret if there is inconvenience to our neighbours, but given our limitations and parking restrictions in surrounding areas, it’s very difficult.”
Mrs Carroll, said she had been forced to leave a cone outside her front door to save a space.
“We really want parking permits. I would be happy to pay.”
Miss Warren said: “It is only a matter of time before there is a big crash.
“The cars block the roads and you can’t see what’s coming. It is beyond a joke now.”
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said the area was ‘being monitored’ and would be considered as part of a further parking review, scheduled to start in the autumn.
“It may just be yellow lines,” he said.