Church View Farm in Lydiate, Liverpool hosts an annual Halloween pumpkin picking attraction for families who want to pick their own produce. It is a popular activity in the region.
Huge traffic jams built up after drivers started parking on the side of the road, despite the site having free on-site parking.
Residents claimed the parking situation had forced buses to stop and cars had to “hurry” ahead, reports Liverpool Echo.
But tensions boiled over and drivers expressed frustration at staff trying to alleviate the situation.
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A driver, Kate Webb, said: “It’s basically the pumpkin attraction of Church View Farm, it grows every year, so the number of families it attracts is also increasing to ridiculous amounts, especially for the small number. of parking spaces available to them.
« [This led to] a large number of people park on both sides of Southport Road from the farm itself – all the way to the Scotch Piper.
“This caused two buses to get stuck in front of each other yesterday and then the cars tried to go past the buses in both directions, which made the situation worse.
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“It’s not just Southport Road that ends up stranded either. Hall Lane is another, as are many [roads] in the zone. I imagine it affects local businesses as well. And it also affects those who try to visit their families in the church cemetery.
“Signs, cones or personnel preventing people from parking on one side would be an effective solution. “
The farm took to Facebook to ask visitors to park in a field on the site, adding that staff were reportedly threatened and cursed.
Church View Farm posted on Facebook on Sunday October 17th to say, “Please can we ask our customers to park in a considerate manner.
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“We have FREE PARKING in a huge field, however customers choose to park on both sides of the road which is unsafe and does not allow vehicles to pass safely. You’re actually closer to pumpkin picking when you park in the lot.
“Our staff do not deserve to be threatened and cursed when they ask you to park in the designated field.
“We are opening our farm to allow our customers to have a fun day with their families and friends.
“The police are there and issuing tickets to anyone who parks irresponsibly, please don’t let a ticket ruin your day. Park on the ground!
“We apologize for anyone who has been affected by irresponsible parking. We have clearly marked the lot and ask cars to park on the lot. PARKING IN THE FIELD IS FREE!
“Anyone who threatens our staff or refuses to follow our guidelines will be refused entry to our farm.
“We love you to visit us, so allow us to stay open and park on the lot”
Speaking to ECHO, a spokesperson for the farm said: “Our staff were threatened and cursed when they asked people to park on the land. We have a huge field in which people are welcome to park for free, however, once no one parks on the road everyone is following. “
The farm has now employed additional staff to deal with visitors and has enlisted the help of Merseyside Police.