WORRIED residents fear lives are being put at risk by problem parking on their Castleford estate.
Householders on Wood View Close and Wood View Crescent in Whitwood contacted Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) after becoming concerned that cars parked on narrow roads could stop fire engines and ambulances from getting to their homes in an emergency.
Officers from the NPT are urging residents to park considerately and will be slapping illegally-parked vehicles with tickets.
Insp Dave Bugg said: “At the request of all the emergency services, please make sure we can always get to you and others. It has meant the difference between life and death to some in the past.
“Last week a fire crew attended Wood View Close where it met a vehicle which was fully parked on the pavement with its offside wheels on the road. The fire engine only just managed to scrape past by carrying out some manoeuvring which could cost vital minutes or seconds when attending a fire.”
Last week, police say they were contacted when a refuse collection truck was unable to get past a parked vehicle leaving people upset that their bins were not emptied.
Insp Bugg added: “We often receive calls from Wakefield Council asking for vehicles to be given tickets or removed to allow them access on the roads.
“People parking in any area should take into consideration that larger public service vehicles need access at all times.
“Think how you would feel if your bin never got emptied or your home burnt down because the crews couldn’t get to you?”
Officers from the NPT will patrol problem areas and hand out tickets to any vehicles causing an obstruction.
Crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be conducting surveys and offering advice to residents.