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Local champions could boost parking schemes in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

20/01/14 Cars on Belvedere Road - Belvedere Road, Burton Parking issues on Belvedere Rd opposite the hospital

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LOCAL champions could be introduced to promote residents’ parking schemes in areas of Burton, under plans to improve parking issues around the county.

Residents, councillors or community leaders could step into the role to rally support from local people and take the case for the zone before the authorities.

It is part of a wider plan put forward by East Staffordshire Joint Parking Committee to encourage residents’ parkin zones in areas which are particularly busy and congested.

A spokesman for the committee said in a report: “In areas of high demand and limited parking capacity vehicles can be displaced to nearby residential areas. This can prevent residents from being able to park near their home and can also make access difficult.”

The idea of residents’ parking zones has been raised in Burton on several occasions in the past.

On Belvedere Road, where residents often fight for a parking space with people heading to Queen’s Hospital, the idea was broadly welcomed.

Resident Nazmeen Akhtar said: “It’s awful here. Everybody has two or three cars and you really struggle. We park on another street. If there was a scheme, it would help a lot.”

Her husband added that people often parked up to head to the hospital, reducing space even further.

Neil Inwood said he supported the idea, but worried it would not be enforced.

“Everyone who lives here has cars, but anyone who pays their road tax can park where they like. It is an issue. People who don’t appreciate you have to pay for parking these days drive around until they find a space.

“A scheme would be beneficial, if you can make it stand, but I think it would be ignored.”

Applications for parking zones would be judged on a points system, with more severe issues gaining more points.

Residents’ parking schemes and local champions are due to be discussed at the next meeting of the joint parking committee at Burton Town Hall on Thursday. The meeting will begin at 2pm.

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