A COUNCILLOR has claimed that fat, lazy adults are turning a stretch of road near a primary school into a danger spot.
Ilfracombe Town Councillor Frank Pearson said the area near the Infants School on Marlborough Road is regularly flooded with parents parking illegally during the school rush hour. He said it leads to single lane traffic, congestion and a lack of visibility in an area frequented by young children.
Mr Pearson, urged the authorities to take action after a child was allegedly hit by a car last month.
He said: "Historically I have been aware of traffic problems along that road but recently the situation has become far worse.
"There have been several close calls where cars have hit buggies and push chairs. Last week I was told a child was hit by a car, though fortunately no injuries were sustained."
He said: "Incidents like these are only inches away from causing serious injury or even death – and for what? To save some fat adults from walking 200 metres a day, are they prepared to trade a child's life?"
"When the fateful day arrives they will no doubt salve their guilt by buying a bunch of flowers."
Mr Pearson said North Devon Council's civil parking enforcement officers did not regularly patrol the area or give out tickets to motorists parked illegally.
Nigel Young, North Devon Council's parking services officer, said the council was aware of the issue and patrolled the street on a regular basis.
He said: "We will obviously keep our enforcement going at the location on a regular basis."