WELL-WISHERS have been told to stop parking dangerously at Highgrove House when leaving floral tributes.
Hundreds of bouquets and messsages have been left at King Charles’ III royal residence near Tetbury.
But locals have blasted the dangerous parking by motorists and saying it could easily cause an accident along the A433 Bath Road near Doughton.
According to residents, speeding is already a problem on the road – and the parking situation in recent days has made matters worse.
One woman who works at nearby Beaufort Polo Club in Westonbirt is seriously concerned about the situation.
Jo Calvert, 48, from Lowfield Road, Tetbury said: “The parking has been bad ever since the Queen died to be honest.
“I’ve had several near misses over the last week.
“All the corners through Doughton are blind ones and people go through there too fast as it is.
“So when people park up half on the pavement and half on the road they are just begging for trouble.
“I have started driving at 25mph as much as possible to slow other drivers down.
“This week and for the foreseeable future I’ll be driving at 15mph.
“I don’t care if people get funky and start blowing their horns. I’d like to live for a bit longer.”
Another resident said the situation at Highgrove could potentially cause a ‘needless death’ in a road traffic accident.
Toni Marlow, 35, from Windsor Road, Tetbury said: “I think it’s lovely people want to pay their respects.
“Some people do park in the lay-by and walk down which is great.
“However the people who park directly outside by the gates don’t just get out and lay flowers.
“They then go and stand there reading everyone else’s cards that have been left.
“If people are speeding and then they come round the bend by the front gates and suddenly a car is parked around the bend then whatever direction they swerve in is going to cause a significant accident with the potential to cause a needless death.
“It’s just a dangerous situation in general that needs monitoring really.
“I totally understand people want to pay their respects but someone will get hurt if something isn’t done soon.
Deputy Tetbury mayor Ann Pearce is encouraging motorists to ‘respect’ the King’s home.
She said: “I just want to encourage everyone to park respectfully.
“The traffic going through is on a busy main road.
“If King Charles decides to come home we don’t want cars blocking the area as it’s his home.”
The town council is also encouraging vistiors to leave floral tributes at the Market House in the town centre.
Highgrove House is the family residence of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort.
It has been King Charles’ family home since the 1980s.
It was originally built in the 18th century, and was once owned by the son of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
King Charles recently returned to Highgrove on Wednesday evening (September 14) for a private day of reflection the next day.
Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire police were approached for a comment.
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