Holidaymakers are wreaking havoc on the side streets near Liverpool Airport where cars are left for hours.
Residents living on Hale Road and Hale Drive in Speke said the area has become a popular drop-off point for families traveling to and from Liverpool John Lennon Airport who want to avoid airport parking fees.
The problem has gotten so bad in recent years that locals say people have resorted to parking on the double yellow lines, on the central reserve and in the aisles. It would also create noise and litter issues in the area, with some residents seeing people urinating in private gardens.
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Under current airport parking charges, it costs £4 for someone to park directly opposite the terminal for up to ten minutes, rising to £10 for 20 minutes and £25 for up to ‘at one o’clock.
However, Liverpool Airport said there is also a free drop-off point which is about the same walking distance from the airport terminal as Hale Road, and is free for up to 40 minutes, increasing to £8 for one hour.
Anthony Brown, 73, who has lived in the area for 31 years, told ECHO: “It’s very frustrating. They park between ours and the car next door and you can’t get your car out.
“It varies every day – it’s early morning and late evening. You get nothing and then there’s a typhoon [of cars]it seems to happen when you’re sitting down watching something or reading.”
Anthony moved his bedroom to the back room of his house due to the noise of people parking in front of his house to catch early morning and late evening flights.
He said: “The noise – I had to move to the back bedroom. It’s going to affect property prices, they’re not high in Speke anyway. I go out for 20 minutes, come back and I can’t park outside my house, I have to go park down the road.
“It’s not just about dropping people off, they’re getting in [the airport] with them and they could stay there until the end of the flight. They leave and someone else comes in.”
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Anthony said some drivers were also throwing trash, from McDonald’s and KFC wrappers to beer bottles, in the area after dropping people off. He also saw a woman urinating on the central reserve and a man urinating in a front garden.
He added: “They leave carts where the cars normally park – something like that, we push down the road to the airport limits where the buses come in. Sometimes you get out and there’s three or four carts, they may be there for a day or two.”
Anthony said he had contacted Liverpool City Council on several occasions over the past six years but parking problems continued. He would like the council to enforce parking permits for residents and for more traffic officers to patrol the area to crack down on the number of drivers parking illegally.
Michael Cox, 52, said he decided to leave his Hale Road home four years ago because of the number of people parking in the area to access the airport and the noise it created.
Michael said: “They were parking across your driveway. I said ‘you park across my driveway’ and they said ‘I’ll only be 10 minutes’.
“You get inundated with 60/70 cars a day. They sit there for two hours sometimes.”
An airport spokesperson said: ‘We share residents’ frustration at the behavior of some drivers who choose to park on public roads near the airport when picking up or dropping off passengers. , while we have on-site car parks specifically designated for this purpose.
“This includes free drop-off parking for those who don’t want to pay for the convenience of being close to the terminal, with parking available for up to 40 minutes free of charge.
“It’s only a short walk to the terminal, but a similar distance to where cars park on local public roads, and our car park has a carport for passengers waiting to be taken care of in bad weather.
“Unfortunately, because some cars choose to park on public roads outside the airport, we have no control over parking in these areas or measures to deter drivers from parking here.
“We have had discussions with residents, local councilors and council in the past to find ways to address this issue and deter this parking, but unfortunately it continues to be a problem.”
Liverpool City Council said ECHO highways officers would come out to monitor the situation in Hale Road.