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Village parking plea

Posted on June 27 2016 at 9:40:26

The problem of street parking around Barnt Green was in the spotlight once more when residents from Oakdene Drive implored parish councillors to take action.

Andrew Holmes and Phil Rappaport told the parish council meeting that their road, and others around the village, are swamped by parked cars every day – seemingly because drivers wish to avoid the car parking charges at the station.

They added their concerns that this problem is likely to intensify with the increased number of trains calling at Barnt Green and the expected increase in parking fees, even though there will soon be a free extra car park provided by Cala Homes to the parish council.

“We have already had meetings with Worcestershire County Council’s Highways department and their attitude was not conducive,” said Mr Holmes, who had also met with district councillors Charlie Hotham and Peter McDonald about the matter.

“We feel that putting yellow lines on our road would simply shift the problem elsewhere. There are alternative solutions but highways will not do anything unless there is a proven safety issue,” Mr Holmes continued.

“It’s very frustrating for residents – at one point there were 27 cars on Fiery Hill but the station car park had 26 empty spaces.

“We know that street parking is not illegal, but we need to stop taking no for an answer because the current situation is unsustainable.“

Chairman Robert Cholmondely said that no viable solution had yet been identified.  “We have approached London Midland about the station parking charges, but they are completely intransigent.”

Coun McDonald agreed that county highways was mainly concerned with safety and also blamed recent cuts for a lack of funding. He suggested that a separate meeting be held on this issue, with residents and councillors.


*  Meanwhile, in Lickey, a meeting was held to address the problems with parking on the Old Birmingham Road outside Lickey Hills Primary School.

Initiated by the police in light of residents’ concerns, the meeting also featured parish, district and county councillors, school governors and a representative from county highways.

It was decided that the school would send a letter to parents, along with a strongly-worded letter from the police, the three councils and Lickey Community Group.

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