In protest at hospital staff and patients parking outside of their homes, furious neighbors blocked their street with wheelsie bins.  

Alderton Road, Sherwood, Nottingham residents have decided to take matters into their hands and put green bins along the road. This will stop motorists from parking across driveways or on yellow lines.

Residents claim that parking has become more difficult in recent weeks. Many believe it is due to the reinstatement of parking fees at Queen’s Medical Centre, City Hospital, and nearby Queen’s Medical Centre. 

Workers and patients are parked on the residential street in an attempt to avoid costly tickets to the hospitals. 

The additional parking has also affected public transport buses, and Nottingham City Transport stated that it had been necessary to divert or stop vehicles from the route because of this. 

Residents living on Alderton Road in Nottingham have taken matters into their own hands, putting wheelie bins outside their homes in a bid to stop motorists from parking on the road

Alderton Road residents in Nottingham set up wheelie bins outside of their houses to keep motorists off the street.

Blue 40 buses should be able to stop on Alderton Road or Longmead Drive. However, this is not possible due to traffic congestion. 

Residents feel they are fed up and would like permits to allow them to build roads around their area.

Jessica Landa (29 year old) said that when it has been busy some cars park across our driveway and it is impossible for us to move. Yellow lines have been painted on the hill at the base of the problem, but that has just made it worse.

“We would be able to do this road without permits. Everybody around has been calling the council to discuss it.

Sharon Saunders from the 45-year old resident said, “I cannot get out sometimes because cars are in my way.” There are so many people here who park in such a stupid way that I put bins outside to discourage them from doing so.

“I tried getting on my driveway before but couldn’t because there were cars so close to me that I couldn’t turn in. For me to get into my driveway, I need to turn around and go very near others.

“Everyone parks along the double yellow lines.” There have been accidents there.

Blue-badge holder, who lives in the same street as the other blue-badge holders, said that drivers don’t always follow her house’s sign and instead park at her driveway. She can therefore not get into her taxi. 

Furious Faye, 74-year-old, has been living in her home for the past 68 years. She said that while it is a problem because she had a stroke, there’s a sign with a blue badge outside of my house. It’s easy to find and I’m able to get into taxis. However, people continue parking outside. It’s not uncommon for people to park elsewhere.

“I sometimes go to the shop, but if the taxi stops opposite me, it’s impossible for me to cross the street. It can sometimes stop at the center of the road, which then causes traffic to slow down.

“It’s been terrible in the last few weeks, especially.” People are forced to pay for parking at Nottingham City Hospital.

Locals have complained at how busy the road gets during the work-week, as bus services were also forced to divert their route because of the chaos

Many locals complain about how crowded the road is during the week. In addition, bus service was forced to change their routes due to this chaos.

Anthony Carver Smith, NCT’s head of marketing, stated that the Blue 40 bus had to be diverted or curtailed on several days due to Alderton Road becoming inaccessible from cars parked there. We are dealing with a new problem and we support all efforts to ensure that our buses continue to service the Edwards Lane estate.

The union representing the NHS workers at Nottingham’s hospitals said that current parking arrangements were nothing more than a cash-grab on employees. 

This week, car parking fees were reinstated at Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital. The barrier will include an automatic recognition system for number plates and boards that inform motorists of how many parking spaces remain.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman said, “We apologize to residents for being inconvenienced by staff parking in their streets.” 

“Staff without a parking permit are eligible for a wide range of subsidised transport options. This includes our Medilink Bus which runs to all the hospital sites. Or they can take advantage of our staff travel-to-work scheme, where discounts on local public transportation are available.

“We are against illegal parking. However, if off-site legal parking is required our expectation of staff is that they be respectful to the residents.