A PARKING row brought residents with placards out on the streets to call for action before a tragedy happens.
City and county councillors joined the crowd who were protesting about parking outside the Bache shops on Mill Lane on Monday.
One pensioner told how she was nearly knocked down by a vehicle who drove on the pavement to get to Bargain Booze.
Residents called for the police and councillors to enforce the laws and stop motorists parking on the double yellow lines and the bus-stop.
Cars and delivery vans parking at the bus stop means buses have to wait in the middle of the road making it dangerous for elderly and disabled people to board.
Pedestrians, particularly those pushing prams, find it difficult to walk past because of the obstruction caused by vehicles on the pavement.
Residents cannot park outside their own houses because motorists use their spaces when visiting the shops, Morrisons supermarket or the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The car park opposite the Mill Lane shops intended for their customers is often used by Morrison's shoppers, who take up all the spaces.
Mill Lane resident Pat Watkin said: 'Last Saturday, I was walking along Mill Lane, when a car came driving towards me quite quickly.
'It came to a stop just inches away, but it was quite frightening. It drove along the pavement as though it was a road. I feel I was very lucky not to have been hit.'
Upton Drive resident Gillian Brown said: 'When we have visitors, they can't park outside our house, because they spaces are always taken by visitors to the shops, Morrisons or the Countess of Chester Hospital.
'I have lived here for 36 years and the problem has got a lot worse over the last 15. They need to make more parking provisions at the hospital -as long as they don't build an unsightly multi-storey car park!'
Mrs Brown's daughter Alison, a wheelchair user, said she has difficulty getting on buses from Mill Lane and crossing the road because of parked cars.
Chester city councillor and chairman of Upton Parish Council Jean Evans said: 'This whole area has become a nightmare for parking.
' The trouble is there does not seem to be any easy solution.'
Cllr David Evans, leader of Chester City Council, said: 'The car park opposite the Mill Lane shops is owned by Morrisons, who said it can be used by visitors to the smaller shops. But when their own customers park there, they are reluctant to enforce it.'
County councillor for Upton Colin Bain said he has taken the matter to county highways and the possibility of bollards has been mooted.
Charles Lloyd, of the engineering and transportation department at Cheshire County Council said: 'Part of the footpath is owned by the shopkeepers so it is difficult to stop people parking on there.
'We are willing to meet with the shopkeepers and residents to try to come up with a solution.'