DRIVEN round the bend! That's residents in Sheldon whose lives are being made a misery because of selfish parking from workers, including Severn Trent employees, on the nearby Coventry Road.
Locals who live on roads including Valley Road, Wells Road, Ventnor Road, Arden Croft and Springfield Crescent are furious that their peace has been shattered over the last 12 months thanks to vehicles left all day, often on the pavement, outside their homes.
Jo Bright, who lives in Arden Croft is fed up with negotiating a cavalcade of cars just to reach her home. She said: "It's really quite dangerous. There's parking on the pavement and on both sides of the road. It's not safe for children to play out on the Croft anymore.
The 36-year-old occupational therapist and life coach added: "Only one car can get through at a time and there are quite a few people in Arden Croft with young children who can't get past the cars. People have to walk in the road with pushchairs. The residents are understanding and realise that people have to park but I think it's up to Severn Trent Water to provide more spaces."
Gill Dickinson, .media relations manager at Severn Trent Water Ltd said the company encouraged its workers to park responsibly. "The important issue is that of considerate parking.
"We do have a lot of employees who work here at Head Office and we do have some parking available but not enough. We would be disappointed if staff didn't follow guidance and we do send out reminders. We would certainly encourage them to park a bit further away and walk.
"We would apologise to residents who are inconvenienced by parking."
Amrik Manku, networkmManager at Solihull Council said: "We discourage people from parking on pavements as this causes problems for residents and pedestrians- people should not be forced to walk in the road because of cars obstructing pavements. We are looking into this situation and aim to resolve it as quickly as possible."