A woman uses wheelie bins to save parking space on crowded Bearwood Street because “the situation is a nightmare”

A woman resorted to using wheelie bins to reserve a parking space outside her home on a busy street. Helen Barrell, 43, says parking is a “nightmare” on Gladys Road in the Bearwood area of ​​the city of Smethwickin the Sandwell district.

She says the road is blocked by parents and staff members at a nearby elementary school that she says has no parking. Ms. Barrell, an author and librarian, also claims that cars “speed” down the road, even though it is a crowded street where vehicles park on both sides, and she fears a “fatality.”

He has asked the Sandwell City Council to implement a 20-mph speed limit on Gladys Road and nearby Ethel Street, and enforce a one-way system. Ms Barrell, who lives with her partner and her cat, spoke out after BirminghamLive reported how residents on another busy street, in nearby Lozells, turned to using items like a bread pan, paint bucket and cones to ‘reserve parking’ as well.

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Ms Barrell, who has lived in her home for 12 years, said she felt “quite seen” after the article was published, as she told BirminghamLive that she “reserves parking outside her house in Bearwood using her bins with wheels”. Ms. Barrell has only done it a few times, she says, which was when contractors carried out work on her home.

She said: “I had a window replaced, and I couldn’t let the contractors carry it all the way down the road, otherwise it risked breaking,” she said. “And they needed access to her tools while they were working.”



Helen Barrel
Helen Barrel

Ms. Barrell says her neighbors have been “good about it, and she thinks they would “certainly set aside spaces for contractors using their containers” if need be.”It’s something we all have to do from time to time,” she said.

Describing how his driveway is obstructed, he said: “The driveway I live on is right next to an elementary school that doesn’t have staff parking, so everyone parks on my driveway and on other driveways nearby. And on the school dropping off… time to drop off and pick up, parents also try to park on the street.

“It’s a nightmare for the residents as there is nowhere to park, and I am concerned that this situation will develop throughout the region and indeed the entire country. I am concerned about the children, it is very unsafe, especially when people You have to go back.” a long way to find a passing place when they meet another car in their path”.

He continued: “Another problem is that the parking on my street is on both sides, which makes the street a one-way street. But it is still meant to be a two-way street and some drivers are also going too fast on this street. , and it’s on a hill.



Helen Barrel
Helen Barrel

“I contacted Sandwell City Council and said this street should be 20 mph and one way. It seems crazy to me that a street this close to a school isn’t 20 mph anymore, but it seems because no one has been shot down and killed yet, it’s not a priority.

“I find it terrible that we have to wait until someone dies before doing anything.” Ms Barrell also lamented the fact that Sandwell Council are reportedly installing an electrical charging point at the end of her street, which she believes will lead to “confrontations”.

She said: “People who live on terraces without off-street parking will find it incredibly difficult” to charge their cars. “The Sandwell Council is installing a charging point at the end of my driveway, and I am terrified of the battles that will ensue when people fight for that space.”

In response to the story, a Sandwell City Council spokesperson said: “Over the last few years, the Sandwell City Council roads team has worked hard to improve safety across the borough and research and implement road safety measures. One-way applications in the municipality are always investigated in detail, as they can have both advantages and disadvantages.

“The area around Gladys Road and Ethel Street is already being considered for a 20 mph zone in the current year’s road safety works programs. Sandwell City Council is listening to local communities and will provide additional funding to consider a wider range of community applications for roads”. security measures this year.

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