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Frustrated homeowners to be allocated own parking spaces - in side street around the corner

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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PEOPLE living next to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital are set to be allocated designated parking areas in side streets surrounding the site in a bid to end months of tension among motorists.

Belvedere Road has become clogged up with cars since charges were introduced for blue badge holders at the hospital as visiting motorists seek to avoid paying to park.

Hospital staff are also said to be among the offenders.

It has led to vehicles double parking and driveways being partially blocked along the route.

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As well as causing frustration for those trying to park outside their own homes, ambulances and buses have also faced difficulties negotiating the plethora of parked cars.

Although the road is marked with a single yellow line, anyone displaying a blue badge is entitled to park where they are located.

East Staffordshire Borough Council investigated preventing parking completely along the route, but looks set to opt for parking zones in nearby streets instead.

It means that although residents would be guaranteed a parking space, it would not be outside their own homes in Belvedere Road.

But the council hopes Belvedere Road will eventually be free for residents alone, and has suggested it will put pressure on the hospital to scrap or reduce charges for blue badge holders in a bid to clear them from the road long-term.

A borough council report said: “It is evident from observations that blue badge holders and hospital staff are parking in and around junctions, often along Belvedere Road and in some cases in violation of the Highway Code. Driveways are often partially obstructed.

“Blue badge holders were evidenced parking within the restricted areas and other motorists and emergency vehicles traversed around them.”

The council said ‘dialogue must continue’ with bosses at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital to ‘seek amendments to their current parking arrangements that are displacing blue badge holders onto adjacent streets’.

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