Neighbours say they are under seige from inconsiderate parkers

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Elderly and disabled residents who say their small housing complex is regularly ‘besieged’ by inconsiderate motorists have stepped up their campaign for urgent action.

Campaigners have bombarded council leaders, highway chiefs and transport companies with a series of photographs which they claim highlights the ongoing chaos in Great Bedwyn.

The pictures show the area in and around The Knapp where commuters from as far as Swindon, Devizes and Calne park their cars after converging on the village railway station.

Founder member of The Knapp Tenants Association Jan Thornton said the photos, taken on November 21, illustrated “the problems relating to the failure in correctly regulating the traffic”.

She said: “This station struggles to cope with existing commuter numbers because of the complete lack of parking and enforceable measures to ensure the safety of the local community, pedestrians, commuters and drivers.”

Mrs Thornton accused Great Bedwyn parish council of “utterly failing” to prevent what she described as an unacceptable situation despite repeated request from the tenants association.

However, parish council chairman Roger Durie completely refuted the claims and said they had already taken action to help alleviate parking problems in The Knapp.

He said the photographs were taken during “exceptional circumstances” when more commuters than usual drove to the station from further afield due to last week’s flooding problems.

He said the parish council had responded to the association’s actions by emailing all of those who had been sent copies of the pictures with an explanation.

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