CONCERNED residents of a Greenock housing estate say drivers are dicing with death due to illegal parking on a blind bend.

Ronnie Millar, of the Gateside Residents' Association committee, says he fears someone will be seriously injured or killed if the issue at Gateside Gardens is not resolved soon.

Mr Millar says they have received a number of complaints from worried residents - and called for urgent action to be taken.

He told the Tele: "We don't want to get anyone into trouble, but equally we don't want someone being killed or badly injured.

"The current situation is an accident waiting to happen."

Mr Millar said the issue is being caused by cars double parking on a blind bend which is located on the brow of a hill in Gateside Gardens.

He added: "This has been a longstanding issue.

"Drivers are approaching the bend but are being forced into the middle of the road due to double parking. It's effectively turning it into a single track road."

Mr Millar also worries that children are also at risk due to the parking situation.

He said: "Kids play out on bikes and come down the hill on skateboards and I worry that this could also be putting them at risk."

Mr Millar said that icy conditions also compound the situation.

He said: "This road is pretty liable to ice during the winter months.

"So you have cars parked on both sides of the icy road and the only way round the bend is by moving out into the middle. There are cars coming in both directions, the concerns is that there's going to be a collision and a bad accident."

Mr Millar pointed out that there is a car park for the nearby flats which he claims is under used.

Local Independent councillor Tommy McVey says drivers need to think twice about the potential consequences of where they park their cars.

He said: "Parking is an issue in many streets all across Inverclyde.

"That said, I do recognise the residents' association committee's concerns.

"With the onset of winter and darker nights I would hope that, in the interest of road safety, residents would make use of the car parks on the estate."