Fear over safety due to traffic and congestion in Larchfield Road

Fear over safety due to traffic and congestion in Larchfield Road

Lucy Golding

Fear over safety due to traffic and congestion in Larchfield Road

A call has been issued by a care home and worried mum for the Royal Borough to step in and end 'dangerous' congestion in Larchfield Road.

The road in Maidenhead borders Larchfield Primary and Nursery School and connects Shoppenhangers Road with Fane Way.

It is on a regular bus route, used by school parents at pick-up time and for residents' cars who don't have driveways.

Mother-of-three Caroline Hatfield, who lives near the junction with Bargeman Road, has described the chaotic scenes she and her neighbours face on a daily basis.

"I've got to a point where I've had enough," said the 40-year-old who says the problems have worsened in the last 18 months, proving a risk to drivers and pedestrians.

"It is really dangerous. There is a bend in the road, people are parking on both sides and you can't see round the corner.

"Someone needs to do something," added Caroline, who said she contacted the Royal Borough about the situation but has yet to get reply.

Caroline, who works part-time at Tesco in the Nicholsons Centre, has said the problem is partly due to people commuters and shoppers.

They can park for free in the road, a 10-minute walk from the train station, all day instead of using town centre car parks.

Larchfield Care Home, also on the road, began a petition in May calling for parking restrictions and has so far received more than 70 signatures.

Receptionist Christine Lionel, who has contacted Oldfield ward councillor Geoffrey Hill about the dangers, said: "We have had a few near misses."

She added one of the home's regular visitors is too frightened to park in the car park due to the difficulty turning out.

A council spokesman said: "There is a consultation with affected residents to determine whether or not resident parking restrictions should be put in place along the road. It ends on December 6."

Both Caroline and Larchfield Care Home said they had no knowledge a consultation was taking place.

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