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.
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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