PEOPLE living close to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital could soon see their on-street parking woes come to an end following a meeting between a neighbourhood action group and the local authorities.
Plans for a residents-only parking area were discussed at by county and borough councillors as well as the Highways Agency and members of the Queen’s Hospital Local Residents Parking Action Group on Friday, April 11.
Those living close to the hospital, particularly in and around Belvedere Road, have regularly expressed their frustration at not being able to park outside own homes and that the problem has been a continuing issue for more than a decade.
Although the road is marked with a single yellow line, anyone displaying a Blue Badge is entitled to park where they are located, meaning that the no-parking zone is not having an effect.
However following the meeting, there are now plans to assess ideas for alternative parking solutions for those living close to the hospital, and is one that has been welcomed by those in the area.
One resident, Louise Damant told the Mail: “We have car doors slamming at all hours, frequent blocked driveways for those who have one, and house prices in the area have really suffered.
“We welcome this change and will be doing all we can to see things progress swiftly.”
Following the meeting, a joint statement released by leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council Julian Mott and County Councillor Shelagh McKiernan said that there was ‘still a long way to go’ before the problems are resolved but that ‘the foundations are in place for improvements.’
The statement added: “Hopefully the hospital will be able to give us some more good news shortly. Meanwhile councillors are working with Highways to investigate whether more parking can be made for residents in the area.”
Queen’s are yet to confirm the outcome of their review.