People living in a Fareham street have blamed “inconsiderate” and “downright dangerous” parking on county council workers at the registry office.

To combat parking problems, Hampshire County Council wanted to paint double yellow lines along Furzehall Avenue, but locals said this would cause headaches for visitors, carers and tradespeople.

The council has now downscaled its plans and will only ban parking on bends along the road.

As part of a council consultation exercise, residents said that current parking is becoming an issue since cars park on bends, making driving the length of Furzehall Avenue “difficult” and “unsafe”. They addressed the fact that county council workers make matters worse since they do not have enough parking space in their car park.

Among the 42 objections were Rosemary and Michael Duffy, of Furzehall Avenue. They said they believed some restrictions needed to be in place because “inconsiderate” and “downright dangerous” parking of vehicles belonging to local businesses and local council officers for the entire day has caused several near misses involving delivery vans or large lorries.

But they said the blanket restriction would be “excessive”.

Mr and Mrs Duffy said: “It is my opinion that a compromise is needed, such as restricted parking during specified times such as 8.30am until 5.30pm on weekdays.”

Sarah Lowson also objected to the plan, saying the ban would affect her dad, who lives in the avenue and whom she cares for and visits regularly.

Mrs Lowson said: “He has carers who come every day, and double yellow lines would make it extremely difficult for them to come and find somewhere to park, as he has his car on the driveway.”

She added that the parking problem is caused by county council officers’ “annoying” use of the road.

She said: “Before they came, there was no problem.

“I would therefore suggest that double yellow lines to prevent parking at all times in what is a totally residential road is a sledgehammer to crack a nut."

The county council modified its plan based on the objections. The amended proposed traffic order will create a new ‘no waiting at any time’ restriction to just the bends along the road and not the whole length.