02:00PM, Sunday 18 September 2016
Workers at a garage in Windsor have claimed they being left ‘nauseous’ after engines are left running at a nearby coach park in Alma Road.
M&T Engineering, which has been located under The Arches since 1968, runs parallel to the park.
For the last three years, staff at the garage have been petitioning the Royal Borough to stop coaches from leaving their engines running, especially during the summer months.
The pay-and-display car park has space for 74 coaches and is used mainly by tourist companies ferrying visitors to the town.
Anne Traylor, who is an administrator at the garage, said: “The drone from the engines causes a continual vibration and the fumes create a bad working environment giving employees headaches and making them feel nauseous.
“On the opposite side of the coach park sits Alexandra Gardens, a beautiful park for residents to utilise along with the many tourists Windsor attracts.
“The coach fumes and noise spill over into the park too.”
After months of phone calls and emails to the borough, signs were eventually put up in the park which stated penalties would be dished out to offending vehicles.
But, according to staff at the garage, the signs are ignored.
A borough spokeswoman said: “We are working to reduce the fumes where possible.
“Following complaints from local businesses, our environmental protection and parking teams and the community wardens have visited the site to advise drivers to turn off their engines.
“Most comply when asked, and we have issued penalty charge notices on the couple of occasions when they have not complied.
“We have written to coach companies informing them of the restrictions on the coach park, and we have reviewed signage and reversing procedures.”
There will be displays at Windsor Racecourse and Legoland, local fireworks in Burnham and Twyford and smaller displays at schools in the Royal Borough.