The Leeds suburb swamped by learner drivers

Dianne Richert, on Gainsborough Avenue, Adel
Dianne Richert, on Gainsborough Avenue, Adel
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Residents of a quiet Leeds suburb are being driven to distraction by the huge number of learners practising motoring manoeuvres on their streets.

People living on Gainsborough Avenue and surrounding roads in Adel say the area is being clogged up by the constant stream of cars sporting L-plates.

Dianne Richert, 61, said there could be half a dozen using her road at any one time.

“I don’t mind them doing it – everyone has to learn somewhere. It’s just the sheer volume of them – it’s become a bit of an obstacle,” she said.

Mrs Richert, who works in administrative support for a housing association, said she had counted 72 different companies using her street in the last 18 months.

She added: “You are always being held up trying to get home and if you park on the road your car is used as a point for them to parallel park and you’re concerned that they might catch it.

“I just think it would be considerate of them to use a few different areas.”

Adel and Wharfedale councillor Barry Anderson said there had been a recurring issue since he was first elected in 1999.

He said he had written to the council’s highways department and the driving test centre at Horsforth to raise the matter.

“I think they need to reduce the number of times they are using these streets and be sympathetic to local residents,” he said.

“When I’ve raised the issue with police they tell me that we should welcome the presence of all these learners because they act as a deterrent to burglars.

“I accept that they have to learn somewhere, but I just think they should have a few different areas and rotate them.”

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