A SALESMAN from Wealdstone could sue Harrow Council, as he holds them responsible for 20 years of dangerous drivers, illegal parking and traffic congestion that is ruining his business.

Gary Clarke, 70, has been running Wealdstone Motors in Oxford Road for nearly 40 years and says problems in the street have finally become too much for him.

He said: "I am genuinely thinking about taking the council to court because I'm just fed up with it all.

"No one ever seems to get parking tickets down here. And when you have to deal with dustbin trucks and two bus services coming down here, there is no space to move.

"The trucks are having to drive on the wrong side of the road and cars are parking all the way up the pavement. It's only a matter of time before someone is badly hurt."

A lot of traffic from Wealdstone is directed through Oxford Road because of closures in Palmerston Road and along the High Street.

Refuse vans often use the road as a shortcut to the depot, while the H9 and H10 bus services also go through there.

Ravji Patel, who lives in Oxford Road, agrees that parking has become a real problem on the street.

The 54-year-old said: "My mum is disabled so she has a badge, but it makes no difference here because there is nowhere to park.

"All the residential spaces are always taken, which is a hassle, and cars seem to be parked everywhere they can just about fit in.

"It doesn't seem like people are getting tickets down here, which just encourages them to keep coming back here to park."

Councillor Susan Hall (Conservative), who is responsible for traffic and parking, said: "The council has looked into the issue down there and it is considering the possibility of moving some of the parking bays.

"In terms of parking tickets, though, the inspectors' depot is just round the corner of that road and they would not let anyone off if they were illegally parked."