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30th Jun, 2022

Firefighters warn drivers

FIREFIGHTERS have warned drivers to be mindful of their parking after a fire engine was obstructed during an emergency in Stratford.

The truck squeezed past cars parked in spaces on either side of Broad Street where two in particular were parked away from the kerb.

Crews have urged drivers to ensure when they park, vehicles are straight, close to the kerb and mirrors are folded in. There should also be space around junctions to allow fire engines to turn.

Residents responded to the message on social media with many agreeing drivers should know better, though a few argued poor parking provision played a part.

Fire chiefs responded: “We know that parking can be a divisive and provocative issue.

“While the vehicles were within the bays, this post is to illustrate that by parking closer to the kerb where possible, we can all make it easier for large vehicles, including emergency services.

“It’s true that sometimes it is the parking layout that can worsen the issue, and we liaise with colleagues in highways and councils when they develop new local plans for the future to ensure that we engage with them at the consultation process.

“We would like to confirm that no damage was made to any of the vehicles on the street. We took our time and drove with care, hence the long delay getting through.”

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