RESIDENTS on a Winchester street are calling on the university to clampdown on students bringing their cars to Winchester.

People living in Sleepers’ Delle Gardens say students’ parked cars are creating a traffic hazard in their cul-de-sac and they should be banned.

In a letter to the Chronicle, the residents say their small eight-household road “has become a de facto ‘overflow car park’ for students living nearby in multiply-occupied houses and large blocks of flats in nearby Sparkford Close.”

They say the city council is not enforcing the residents-only parking zone and some students have illegally obtained permits from others who live within the parking zone, something the university says it is unaware.

The residents say the university should make it a condition of attendance that any student living within three miles during term-time be banned from bringing a motor vehicle to Winchester.

They also want Winchester City Council to create a separate parking zone for Sparkford Close.

The issue is a reflection of the rapid growth of the university in the last 15 years and the expansion of student households away from the campus.

A city council spokesperson said: “Winchester City Council is not aware of any fraudulent use of permits at Sleepers’ Delle Gardens. We continue to enforce car parking restrictions and we would encourage any residents to raise a complaint with our customer support team if they suspect permits are being used illegally.”

The university been asked for comment.