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See how you like it when I come and park outside your college!

Byline: By BEN TURNER Education Reporter

A PENSIONER has vowed to park his seven tonne motor home outside a college every day this week in protest against student motorists.

Residents around Bankfield Road, Tuebrook, called police to move vehicles blocking their drives after the new academic year started at Liverpool Community College.

The college promised the situation would ease once building work finished, but fed up father-of-five Joe Johnson, 69, claimed the problem remains as badas ever.

Nowhe has decided to park his vehicle outside the college's Bankfield Road entrance for three hours every morning to highlight the issue.

Mr Johnson, a resident of nearby Uppingham Road for more than 30 years, said: "I will be there every morning, parking legally by the entrance. Something needs to be done.

There has to be more parking provision for students."

Problems arose 10 months ago after staff and students transferred to Tuebrook from the college's Old Swan site.

Residents were unable to get in and out of their drives and Mr Johnson said he had reached breaking point, making weekly calls to police to tow away cars.

He said: "They are even parking on pavements and residents can forget having anywhere to park when they return home."

Police have warned motorists their cars would be removed if they parked selfishly or dangerously.

A college spokesman said it was "unaware" of Mr Johnson's action but added: "We understand there are concerns regarding busy times when our students are arriving and leaving the college.

"The health and safety of our students and staff has always been important to us and we currently offer no public parking on-site. We do, however, actively encourage car sharing and the use of our very good school bus service, as well as public transport."

The spokesman added that building work at nearby university student residences was compounding the problems and parking would be addressed as part of a five-year redevelopment of the college.

benturner@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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WHERE CAN RESIDENTS PARK? Joe Johnson, 69, in Bankfield Road, Tuebrook, where parked cars make life a misery for residents who live near Liverpool Community College
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2007
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