15:01 Friday 22 February 2013

Parking issues return to blight lives of residents

Written byROB SMYTH

PARKING problems that had been solved by the introduction of new restrictions have returned – just yards up the road from where the issue had previously blighted the lives of residents.

Bernard Peters, ward councillor for Brizlincote on East Staffordshire Borough Council, told a meeting of Brizlincote Parish Council that a parishioner had complained about parents from nearby Paulet High School and Violet Way Academy now using Foxglove Avenue to park their cars.

This comes after the prominent councillor had fought for the introduction of yellow lines and a new warning sign in Greenvale Close, Stapenhill, after years of similar problems for residents.

He told the meeting: “After the issue of Greenvale Close was solved, the problem has now been pushed further up the road and is now impacting residents in Foxglove Avenue.

“I have already been working on this and have been asked for a traffic regulation order to be placed on the street to try and put and end to the problem.”

The scheme in Greenvale Close has seen a ‘no waiting’ restriction imposed from 8.30am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Until now the problem had seemed to have abated but this latest complaint seems to show that the issue has reared its ugly head again.

Mr Peters added: “The early signs were encouraging with very few vehicles being observed during school drop off and pick up times parking irresponsibly.”

“The problem is a result of the amount of people leaving cars while they dropped off their children, and then leaving them parked in front of people’s driveways.

“I really hope that the residents are happy with this and it shows that after they asked for something to be done, we worked hard to make sure it happened.

“I hope that the irresponsible drivers get the message as the parking issue was starting to put children’s lives at risk.”

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