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Couple's fear for unborn baby as cars block ambulance route
A HEAVILY pregnant woman and her partner fear their baby may be endangered by cars blocking their road and preventing an ambulance reaching them in time.
Frustrated residents in Willowmead Gardens have had to call police in recent times because their driveways have been blocked. The road, off Little Marlow Road, has become too narrow for emergency and delivery vehicles, they told the Marlow Free Press.
The issue is particularly concerning for mum-to-be Ruby Buckley, 20.
Not only is she 35 weeks pregnant, she is suffering from iron deficiency and could have to undergo a blood transfusion at hospital.
The Willowmead Gardens resident said: "It worries me, it really worries me. The nurses have said I'll be early giving birth. It's a waiting game now. If there was any problems there on the road there would be no way the ambulance would be getting down to us here."
Problems have mounted since the new 24 house development - Findlay Mews - went up at the old Marlow Laundry site on Little Marlow Road, adjacent to Willowmead Gardens.
Dad-to-be James White, 20, a handyman, said: "There's no way the ambulance could get through here. Some days you can't see the side of the roads. There are probably more cars here than at Liston car park. If Ruby has got to go to Stoke Mandeville and we have to knock on six houses to move a car she's going to have the baby half way to the hospital.
"It's dangerous, particularly at night. It makes it difficult to see where everyone is. I have heard people coming around the corner and heard them braking heard."
Thames Valley Police said in a newsletter to residents: "We have received several calls that residents from the new houses at Findlay Mews are causing parking obstructions on Willowmead Gardens meaning emergency vehicles cannot fit through." Officers will continue to monitor, it added.
A number of other residents have told the Free Press they have been affected and they are organising a formal campaign.
Buckinghamshire County Council said Willowmead Gardens and Willowmead Square are being examined as part of a town wide parking review and double yellow lines are be one option to be considered. However, the review will take another year to finish.
Jeremy Alden, Technical Director of Linden Homes Chiltern, responsible for Findlay Mews, said: "The vehicular gates at the entrance to the development have not yet been automated as the system we were to install was amended following residents' comments to be more interactive to suit their requirements.
"We have amended the design and are in the process of procuring the revised system. As soon as this is installed we are confident that the issues will be alleviated."
The complex was constructed in line with the approved plans which went through the necessary rigours and procedures and Linden Homes has provided the designated amount of spaces required by planning and highways regulations, he added.
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