Parking row at pumpkin farm sees staff ‘threatened and sworn at’

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Visitors to Church View Farm in Lydiate, Merseyside, were horrified to witness the threats days after bosses opened the Halloween-themed activity. The farm has a large, free car park but guests had reportedly left their vehicles on both sides of the rural road outside it, leading to the disputes.

Buses struggled to squeeze past the cars, reports Liverpool Echo.

The problem has become so acute bosses at the farm have asked for help from Merseyside Police.

A spokesman for the attraction said: “Our staff have been threatened and sworn at when asking people to park in the field. We do have a massive field that people are asked to park in for free, however, once one person parks on the road everyone else follows.”

One driver, Kate Webb, said: “It’s basically Church View Farm’s pumpkin attraction, it’s growing every year, so therefore the number of families it attracts also increases to ridiculous amounts especially for the small amount of parking they have.

“[This led to] a large number of people parking 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 cars were trying to squeeze past the buses both ways making it worse.

“It’s not just Southport Road that ends up blocked either. Hall Lane is another one, as are many [roads] in the area. I imagine it also affects local businesses. And it also affects those trying to visit family in the cemetery at the church.

“Signs, cones or staff stopping people parking on one side would be an effective solution.”

Church View Farm, which grows and sells a range of fruit and vegetables, also shared its concern on Facebook.

Writing yesterday, a member of staff posted: “Please can we ask that our customers park in a considerate manner.

“We have FREE PARKING in a massive field, however, customers are choosing to park both sides of the road which is not safe and does not allow vehicles to pass safely. You are actually closer to the pumpkin picking when parking in the field.

“Our staff do not deserve to be threatened and sworn at when asking you to park in the designated field.

“We open our farm to allow our customers to have a fun day out with their families and friends.

“The police do attend and issue tickets to anybody parking irresponsibly, please do not let a ticket ruin your day out. Park in the field!

“We are sorry to anybody that has been affected by the irresponsible parking. We do have the field clearly sign posted and are asking the cars to park in the field. PARKING IN THE FIELD IS FREE!

“Anybody who threatens our staff or refuses to follow our guidelines will be refused entry to our farm.

“We love having you visiting us so please allow us to remain open and park in the field.”

Halloween is less than two weeks away and will be marked eagerly, as last year, many events and activities were scrapped due to the pandemic.

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