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Parking control call after car is forced to swerve

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

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HELSTON councillor Ronnie Williams has described how a member of the public was left "in a state of shock" following an near-accident in the town's Station Road.

At Thursday's town council meeting he asked Cornwall councillors to investigate instances of vehicles parking near the junction of the road with Hillcrest, saying several, including lorries, were being left there for long periods.

This meant drivers emerging from Hillcrest had to pull out further than they otherwise would to see past the parked vehicles.

In the incident in question a car had to swerve to avoid one of these emerging vehicles.

"A car had to take avoiding action and had to go on the other side of the road, where there was a group of students," he said.

"The person who spoke to me said they didn't know how there wasn't someone knocked down and hurt. It's very, very dangerous.

"It's an accident waiting to happen.

"The person who told me about it was in a state of shock."

Cornwall councillor Judith Haycock said it was a pity this hadn't arisen before, since a programme of new yellow lines to control parking in Helston had just been agreed.

"Unfortunately, it's all gone through consultation," she said.

Such restrictions for Station Road were something for the highways department to bear in mind after Cornwall Council elections next May, she suggested.

Councillor John Boase also raised the issue of cars parking on pavements in Cross Street and causing difficulties, especially to a blind member of the public who walked there regularly.

Local PC Anne Butcher was at the meeting and said she would investigate whether the cars were causing an obstruction.

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