Published: 15/07/2011 08:00

Residents-only parking zones being considered

Written byTIM FLETCHER

PLANS to introduce residents-only parking in the streets around Burton’s Queen’s Hospital look set to be kicked into touch again — but could be considered for other areas.

ParkingOfficers from Staffordshire County Council have recommended no further action be taken to progress residents’ parking zones (RPZs) in the Belvedere Road area.

The idea was initially scrapped two years ago after a survey of residents failed to produce enough support for the scheme.

Since then, additional parking restrictions have been put in place but the idea of RPZs reared its head again after being raised at a previous meeting of the Joint Parking Committee.

The committee, comprised of members of the county council and East Staffordshire Borough Council, will discuss the issue again at its next meeting at Burton Town Hall on Thursday.

The report considers the option of revising the existing arrangements which prohibit all parking on the south side of the stretch of Belvedere Road by the hospital, with a daytime restriction from 9.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays on the north side.

However, officers said concerns raised by the police about allowing daytime parking for residents and the ‘apparent need for unhindered vehicular access’ on the approach to the hospital, meant that such a scheme should not be pursued.

Ken Builth, borough council member for Horninglow, said: “There was a survey done about this and there wasn’t the demand for it.

“An RPZ wouldn’t guarantee people a space outside their own home, just the right to park in the street.

“There is still a problem with parking in the area but there hasn’t really been a demand for residents’ parking zones.” The report recommends members look at other potential locations in the borough where RPZs could be implemented, with a list of sites which had been suggested, along with a ‘matrix score’ based on various factors assessed on a ‘drive through’ visit by officers.

Rangemore Street and Curzon Street, in Burton, score highly on the list while a stretch of Main Street, in Barton under Needwood is also a strong contender.

Ed Sharkey, member of Barton Parish Council, said any such scheme would have to consider the impact on local traders.

He said: There are businesses in Main Street whose economic viability depends on mixed parking being available.

“If you make those areas residents only, there’s a danger that would be disadvantaging them and their business in what is already a tight economic climate.

“It would have to be looked at carefully to ensure what could be to the advantage of some people doesn’t disadvantage others.”

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