Sunderland health centre bosses call for action on parking problem

Councillors George Howe and John Wiper with Caren Purvis, deputy practice manager of the Fulwell Medical Centre which is petitioning the council about the parking and access problems on Ebdon Lane.

Councillors George Howe and John Wiper with Caren Purvis, deputy practice manager of the Fulwell Medical Centre which is petitioning the council about the parking and access problems on Ebdon Lane.

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BOSSES at a health centre are calling on council chiefs to solve a “dangerous” traffic problem.

Workers at Fulwell Medical Centre, in Ebdon Lane, say that parents of children who go to nearby Fulwell Infants School are parking their cars inconsiderately.

Bosses at the health centre, which has a 12-bay car park, say a number of incidents in recent times have left them with no option but to petition the authority for help with the problem.

As reported in last December’s Echo, there was a delay in treating a patient who had collapsed on the path on the way into the doctors’ surgery, as the ambulance was unable to get through the traffic.

Late last year, there was a near-miss when a child was almost hit by a vehicle when a parent reversed out of the doctors’ car park.

Caren Purvis, deputy practice manager, has gathered more than 850 signatures in support of them introducing new traffic measures.

She described the current situation, which they experience every day at school opening and closing times, as “dangerous”.

“This has been going on for a long time,” said Ms Purvis.

“The parents park with very little regard and it’s just getting worse.The parents must park safely.”

“But the council seem reluctant to help in any way.”

Fulwell councillor George Howe, who is backing the petition, said: “This is a serious, ongoing issue which has all sorts of serious ramifications. The health centre want the council to take action because they are completely fed up about this. It’s just one big, chaotic situation.”

Coun James Blackburn, of Sunderland City Council, said parents should avoid dropping off their youngsters in Ebdon Lane

Coun Blackburn said: “We are aware of some problems with the number of vehicles in Ebdon Lane and indiscriminate parking which occurs at key times.

“We have had a meeting with the head of the school and would like to meet with people in the surrounding properties and the Fulwell Medical Centre to explore possible solutions to the issue.

“We have recently enhanced pedestrian access with a formalised crossing point and a refuge-island in Dene Lane, which works well.

“We are also preparing a number of options which would manage parking on Ebdon Lane in a safer manner, but there has to be a balance found between safety and convenience for children and also giving adequate vehicular access to the school, the medical centre and other properties.

“We appreciate the need for some parents to drive to school to pick children up, but we would urge parents and carers to avoid parking in Ebdon Lane.”

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