RESIDENTS are once again in uproar as the continuing parking crisis in Fairfield rumbles on.

Jericho Road, off Rochdale Road, has become the latest to be affected ­— with residents claiming cars parked in the narrow roadway by people accessing the nearby hospital are blocking access to their homes and a nursery.

Helena Abrahams, who lives on the adjoining Broad Oak Terrace, described how in recent weeks a fire engine has been prevented from getting to Fairfields Private Day Nursery, in Jericho Road, when its alarm went off.

Bin collections have been missed, she said, and food delivery vans for the nursery have been forced to mount the verge to pass down the road.

She added: “It has just become absolutely ridiculous and out of control. Some one needs to take responsibility.”

Deborah Brady, manager of Fairfields Private Day Nursery described how the problem had been particularly acute in the last three weeks.

She added that it appears that some measures have been taken to prevent the parking problems, and is keeping her “fingers crossed it will resolve itself”.

Earlier this year a number of residents meetings were organised to discuss and find a solution to the parking issues in the Fairfield area.

Among the issues raised were the council’s virtual parking scheme and permits, unadopted roads, and a lack of communication about policies and changes.

Many also felt that parking problems at Fairfield Hospital were being pushed onto them.

Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation Chief Officer and Managing Director, Steve Taylor, said: “We are aware that some residents have been experiencing issues with parking around the Fairfield General Hospital site. The site has become busier in recent weeks and we have been working closely with Bury Council to look at ways we can alleviate parking pressures in the local area."

“One of the measures that we introduced was temporary barriers to try and prevent vehicles parking on the road leading to the nursery on Jericho Road. This temporary measure was introduced whilst we construct additional parking spaces on the Fairfield Hospital site. We are sorry to hear that this temporary measure has resulted in problems with access to the nursery and bridleway and we will investigate our options immediately with our parking management provider to ensure that access is maintained.

“We have asked for our staff and contractors to review their travel choices and to avoid travelling to Fairfield by car, to try and reduce demand for parking on busy weekdays. We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with Bury Council to resolve any parking issues until additional car parking spaces on the hospital site are introduced.”