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‘Thoughtless’ parking is ruining green area

Damage to the grass in Melksham House

Damage to the grass in Melksham House

Local residents have expressed their concerns about cars parking along the entrance to Melksham House. 

Local residents are not happy with the steady increase in the number of people parking on the grass area at Melksham House as it is ruining the grass and spreading mud on the road.

Margaret Selman who lives nearby  said, “I find it all very upsetting and it’s getting worse by the day.

“We’ve had periods of terrible weather and the heavy rain doesn’t help the situation. The mud gets carried onto the road and it looks awful. It’s an eyesore and when I look at it, I could cry.

“I just can’t understand why people would park there. Surely it’s common sense that parking on the grass will ruin it.

“Wiltshire Council need to do something because it can’t stay like it is. It can’t go on otherwise they will be no grass left.

“It’s a lovely area and it’s being ruined by thoughtless people. I feel very sad about it.”

Local resident Christine Glover is also concerned about the damage. She said, “Recently it appears that there is now a free for all as regards of parking in the grounds of Melksham House.  I do not understand as to why people now feel it necessary to park in the passing bay and more recently on the grass verges as you drive into Melksham House.  This is causing damage to the grass which has been lovingly cared for over many years.

“There is no need for this parking as there are 100 spaces in the car park behind the wall on the left, as well as those outside the front of the house. All free, (what a loss of income for our council that is, so they say, short of funds).  If there are no free spaces then go and park elsewhere!”

A Wiltshire Council spokesperson said: “We are looking at options available to see what can be done to help the situation”