A delivery driver has told of his anger after watching an ambulance forced to do a U-turn in the street due to a van which had double-parked making the road impassible.

Jake Swain, 27, says he was incensed as the gap was so tight the ambulance could not get by and it was forced to turn around.

It comes as ambulance bosses warned drivers, making it impossible for its vehicles to get by that in the "most serious cases we attend, every second is absolutely vital in trying to save a patient’s life".

Mr Swain had parked his car in Chesterton Road, in Burton, making sure it was not doubled parked, while he dropped his mum off, who lives nearby.

But as he walked back along the street to his car he saw a white van had parked directly opposite his and the ambulance could not get through. When he arrived back at his car the emergency vehicle, which did not have its sirens or blue lights on at the time, had already done the U-turn and was heading back down the road.

His mum, who has issues with mobility, lives in nearby Tennyson Road, in Horninglow, and he was dropping her off at home on Tuesday, April 13. There was nowhere to park on his mum's street so he went into nearby Chesterton Road while he dropped her off, he said. He was careful not to double park, he said.

Mr Swain, who lives in Branston, said: "I had taken my mum to the shops in Burton town centre when I pulled up at around four on Tuesday.

"My mum has a blue badge as she has a mobility scooter because of her arthritis. Because Tennyson Road was busy, we parked around the corner on Chesterton Road.

"Once I had gone to her house to make sure that she got in ok, I went back to the car and saw that a van had double-parked adjacent to my car.

"Shortly after, I looked up the road and I saw an ambulance come down the road. It had to do a u-turn and go back up the road.

"I was so angry that an ambulance had to do this. I had a blue badge and I was parked there first. The road is pretty narrow and I was parked in the closest place possible to my mum's house.

Mr Swain said that both he and his mother, who is a full-time carer, were angered by the double parking blocking the ambulance's route.

He added: "Mum was so disgusted that the ambulance was blocked by the double-parked van. It is quite common for Tennyson Road to be full of parked cars so we have to park up on Chesterton Road quite often.

"We just want people to be considerate where they park. My sympathies are with the ambulance driver who had to do a difficult u-turn on a narrow road.

"Please don't double park near blue badge holders. We need space and emergency vehicles need space to get through, especially on narrow roads."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We encourage members of the public to think about where they park in order to ensure the road is clear for emergency vehicles to get past.

"In the most serious cases we attend, every second is absolutely vital in trying to save a patient’s life. Therefore, the quicker our staff can arrive at the scene, the better the chance the patient will have of survival.

"We ask people to stop and think, how would they feel if it was their family member delayed getting to hospital in an emergency because someone had blocked one of our vehicles in?"

Staffordshire Live newsletter April 15 2021

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