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Council on fence over parking row

Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:18:37

Barnt Green Parish Council’s chairman has warned against a ”knee-jerk reaction” in the ongoing row over school parking in the village.

Robert Cholmondeley told fellow councillors that the council should not get “sucked in” to the debate or be seen to come down on one side or the other.

Commenting on proposals by residents that restrictions be put in place to prevent street parking between certain hours, he said:

“There is no obvious solution here – any restrictions would also affect residents who need to park outside their homes so we would need to get their consent, and it’s really an issue for Highways at county level.”

Councillors also pointed out that parking restrictions could have a negative effect on trade in the village centre.

The council had received a suggestion from a resident that “respect” signs be displayed, encouraging parents to be more considerate.

St Andrew’s First School had already put up similar signs before half-term, for which they had been thanked by some residents.

However, Coun Cholmondeley said that the problems were not solely down to parents – some residents also parked irresponsibly, as well as commuters avoiding paid parking at the station.

Some parents had turned the tables by complaining about residents’ poor parking, and at one point the school had had to call in police to defuse the situation.

Parish clerk Gill Lungley suggested a “walking bus”, which has proved successful at Tardebigge School.

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