Parking and speeding top neighbourhood concerns
May 24, 2012
Neighbours in East Reading are most concerned about parking and speeding, according to a survey.
People who responded to Redlands and University Neighbourhood Action Group’s (NAG’s) questionnaire about crime and anti-social behaviour in the area also ranked noise and drunkenness, burglary, litter and houses of multiple occupancy among their biggest concerns.
The NAG conducts the survey every year and parking and speeding was people’s top concern last year, although noise and drunks have become more of a worry than burglary over the last 12 months.
Despite the concerns more than 70 per cent of the people who responded to the survey, which attracted replies from residents in 40 roads, said they felt either safe or very safe in the area.
NAG chairman Peter Kayes said: “Residents are badly affected by an excess of vehicles that try to park in the area.
“This is, in part, a result of the limited space available but also reflects the pressure on streets caused by the [Royal Berkshire] hospital and the university.
“Particular problems are also experienced by motorists parking on and blocking footpaths, which create serious difficulties for disabled pedestrians and families with push chairs.
“Anti-social behaviour, in particular noise, drunkenness and rowdy behaviour, remains a concern despite some successes in tackling these issues in cooperation with the university and students’ union.
“The NAG will continue to work with Thames Valley Police and Reading Borough Council to help make the area safer and somewhere people continue to be happy to live.”