Our village is so special people drive like crazy to get here… but there is a drawback that is driving us to distraction

RESIDENTS say their village is so special that people drive there like crazy – but a downside drives them to distraction.

A lakeside village on the edge of the Peak District, Dovestones is home to stone houses, lush vistas and traditional pubs and butchers.

Louise Donnelly says visitors verbally abuse and yell at villagers


Louise Donnelly says visitors verbally abuse and yell at villagersCredit: MEN Media
Residents park illegally on green verges


Residents park illegally on green vergesCredit: MEN Media

People from Manchester and West Yorkshire flock to the village, which makes a perfect base for a walk around Saddleworth Moor.

The reservoir car park is only large enough to accommodate villagers – so out-of-town visitors park in front of houses or illegally on double yellow lines and grass verges.

A local told that Manchester evening news: “There is simply a traffic jam. And there are quite a few accidents where people slow down to find a parking space.”

Resident Louise Donnelly said: “There are no wardens on duty. We are asking people to move if we need to catch ambulance.”

“However, we get yelled at, verbally abused and it’s the same story all the time.”

Neighbor Debbie Tompkins said: “We see loads of people walking by and staring through the window.”

“I get pretty rude at my age, so I tell them, ‘It costs five to look, ten to stare’.”

“They drive like idiots, they park all the way down the street. You couldn’t get an ambulance up here if you needed one.”

Visitors also risk starting bog fires by lighting barbecues – and dogs letting go of their leashes worry livestock.

A local resident said: “I used to take my dog ​​there all the time, but I don’t enjoy going there anymore.”

“They’ve drawn double yellow lines from here to the Yorkshire border but people just ignore them.”

“People just have to respect the landscape and the people who live here.”

United Utilities, which owns Dovestones Reservoir, said: “We remind all visitors to park carefully when visiting the recreation area and to be respectful of the local community and the environment.”

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Residents called for more supervisors


Residents called for more supervisorsCredit: MEN Media

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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