An excessive number of cars parking on a housing estate is an accident waiting to happen, residents have claimed.
People on the St Martin’s Estate, in Caerphilly town, are fed up with overcrowded roads – caused by workers from a nearby industrial estate parking their cars.
Rob Barnes, a 66-year-old retired senior buyer in industry, is the community’s neighbourhood watch coordinator.
Mr Barnes said: “Every morning, workers from the Western Industrial Estate are using St Martin’s as a car park.
“We have engaged with the police and they have been co-operative in trying to rectify the situation. However, if the cars are taxed and insured and not causing an obstruction, they cannot do much.”
Residents have said the crowded streets make it difficult for pedestrians to make their way safely through the estate – especially along a stretch of road which does not have a pavement.
Mr Barnes has contacted several companies on the Western Industrial Estate to ask their employees not to park there and while the companies have told staff to avoid the area, they continue to park there.
Residents now want to see double-yellow lines on their roads to stop the problem, but have been told the estate does not match the council’s criteria for introducing parking restrictions.
Cllr Steve Kent, who represents the St Martin’s ward for Plaid Cymru, has been making representations to the council on behalf of residents.
He said: “It is unacceptable that people, especially the elderly and those with pushchairs, have to walk in the middle of the road.”