NO FURTHER action is proposed to deal with a contentious parking issue in Blacon.
The issue arose on the Saughall Road service road where occupiers raised concerns that parked vehicles were preventing access to their driveways and blocking the footway, forcing pedestrians to walk into the road.Š
Waiting restrictions were put forward on both sides of the road, leaving eight parking spaces.Š
The move led to two letters of objection together with a petition with 254 signatures opposing the “draconian” double yellow lines.
A nearby law office told city highway chiefs: “One of the main advantages we have over our competitors is the on road parking facility.Š
“We understand the proposal will allow space for approximately eight cars outside the office but at busy times of the day this will be insufficient.”
It was argued that no anti social parking had been seen taking place or anyone blocking a driveway.Š
If customers found it inconvenient, they would look elsewhere for legal or banking services which could also affect spending in businesses on The Parade.
Supporting the original recommendation, Blacon Lodge City Cllr Reggie Jones (Lab) told city highway chiefs said he had been working with residents who had “great problems” as a result of the expansion of the nearby bank and law office with people parking outside their homes.Š
“They have received a lot of abuse when they have asked people to move their cars,” said Cllr Jones.Š
At a subsequent meeting, Cllr Jones suggested it was a question of balancing the needs of residents and the businesses.Š
He said he had written to the businesses about the problem in 2007 due to the anti social behaviour which resulted from people who were parking inconsiderately.Š
“It is not about the business, I welcome the investment which is good for Blacon,” insisted Cllr Jones.Š
“It is about being a good neighbour.”
He believed the parking spaces which would remain were sufficient and urged the committee to agree the recommendation.Š
Kelsall City Cllr Hugo Deynem (Con) said he would support a deferral to have the position looked at in more detail, particularly the effect of the restrictions on the businesses.Š
County Cllr Peter Byrne (Lab, City) suggest the businesses had put forward “a very convincing case” but pointed out there was a free public car park opposite.Š
“Parking across a drive can be infuriating if it happens more than once.Š
“Yellow lines seem to be the obvious way to deal with this,” he suggested.Š
College ward Cllr David Mead (Lib Dem) pointed out that spaces in the car park at The Parade, which has 40 bays, “seemed pretty full up” although he believed there was a problem with people parking across driveways.Š
He felt, however, there was “absolutely no justification for the whole road having yellow lines”.Š
“If you're blocking somebody's driveway, the police should act,” said Upton County Cllr Colin Bain (Lib Dem) adding: “There are obviously issues which need to be resolved.”
Opposing a deferral, Cllr Jones said: “We need to reduce the anti social behaviour which residents have to put up with.”
The committee agreed on a 9-8 vote to defer a decision.
City and county councillors are due to hear at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday (November 20) that further monitoring of parking on the service road has shown the problems “appear to have reduced considerably”.Š
In the main, it is only taking place on the length of road where restrictions had not been proposed.Š
Area highways manager Colin Stredder is recommending that no further action should be taken.
Any vehicles which obstruct access to residents' driveways or block the footway can be dealt with by the police as an obstruction.