Swansea University's SAS under fire on parking
UPLANDS residents have criticised university maintenance workers for repeatedly parking in permit-only zones.
Staff who work for Swansea University's student accommodation service regularly visit properties in the Uplands and Brynmill areas, to carry out routine maintenance on properties.
But irate residents claim they repeatedly park in bays reserved for residents with permits, and have begun taking photos of their vehicles when doing so.
Swansea University's accommodation service has acknowledged that drivers to occasionally park in the bays, but say it is usually very briefly, and because workers need to carry tools and equipment into properties.
St Helen's Avenue resident Bill Edwards said: "On one occasion, I photographed an accommodation vehicle blocking a parking space close to our home. As a result of this inconsiderate parking, my elderly and infirm parents were unable to park their vehicle and had to park several streets away.
"Maybe workers should carry their tools, just as my parents and other residents have to carry their items, when people take their spaces.
"It is inconsiderate to local residents with legitimate permits, and shows students that local by-laws can be disregarded."
Steve Daniels, manager of the university's student accommodation services (SAS), said staff always parked legitimately whenever possible — but that it was not always possible.
He said: "I can completely appreciate the situation and regret Mr Edwards' parents were unable to park outside the property as the result of one of our vehicles taking a space on the street
"Where possible all staff members who call out to our properties try to park in non resident bays where we can help it, but it is not always possible and as a result staff do park in resident bays, at they have no other option.
"The particular vehicle photographed is our main maintenance vehicle and we carry parts and tools on there, and so I couldn't expect our maintenance team to park far away from the property in question — as they wouldn't be able to carry their tools that far, and would mean we are unable to undertake as many jobs during the day.
"On the whole the maintenance jobs only take a few minutes at a time.
"The SAS staff are going about their daily jobs and we have asked on several occasions for the council to issue us with a parking permit so we are able to park on the streets we have properties on, and this is ongoing.
"I will remind staff that where possible to ensure they do not park in resident bays"