Schoolgirl calls for new parking restrictions

11-year-old Leah Sigsworth who is complaining about parking issues on Harborough Road, Rushden

11-year-old Leah Sigsworth who is complaining about parking issues on Harborough Road, Rushden

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An 11-year-old girl is calling for tighter regulations to prevent dangerous parking in her street.

Leah Sigsworth has written to Northamptonshire County Council to complain about parking issues on the corner of Harborough Road and Bedford Road in Rushden.

She believes drivers are putting others at risk, and she’s calling for double yellow lines to be installed to prevent irresponsible and dangerous parking there in future.

Leah said: “I am scared when we go down there that we may crash. If you drive down Harborough Road and stop at the corner and a vehicle is parked there, it is very difficult to see what’s coming. So you have to pull out more to be able to see, which can cause more crashes.”

Rushden community safety sergeant Matt Manifold said officers had recently been working on parking issues in the town.

He said: “We deal with dangerous parking, which this sounds like it is. We would be happy to meet Leah and invite her to one of our enforcement days.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “We’re very grateful to Leah for writing to us. Poor or inconsiderate parking can cause all sorts of problems for pedestrians and other drivers and in some cases can even be dangerous. We hadn’t received any complaints before now about this road but in response to Leah’s letter, we will be carrying out some investigations to see if there is anything we can do to help. If we feel that parking restrictions would be appropriate, then the local community will have the chance to comment on any proposals.”