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Residents only parking scheme approved in Blackheath
4:37pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A RESIDENTS only parking scheme has been given the go-ahead, despite fears it could drive trade away from a Blackheath club.
Causeway householders called for the ban on general parking 24 hours a day, claiming the street was often so congested with parked cars left by workers, shoppers and visitors to the Rowley Conservative Club they were unable to park outside their own homes.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor Maria Crompton has dismissed calls from club officials to limit the parking restriction to between 7am and 7pm.
But they are demanding to know why a promised consultation meeting was never held and fear the ban will put people off visiting the club, especially women, the elderly and disabled.
Treasurer Josie Connor said the club agreed with residents that parking during the day had become a problem, particularly since the introduction of car parking charges this summer.
But she maintained there was plenty of room for residents and club visitors to park in the evening and accused the council of “ignoring” their compromise suggestion.
Mrs Connor described claims by an anonymous resident, who emailed the News saying there was a problem with evening parking, as “unbelievable”.
The resident said: “I have been a resident of Causeway for several years now and parking has always been an issue. We paid to have a kerb dropped and put a drive on our property but on numerous occasions have had to visit the club in the evenings to ask their customers to move their vehicles so we can either get on or off our drive.
“They also completely disregard the double yellow lines and on occasions my husband has had to put his wing mirrors in so as not to catch any of the cars double parked on them.”
Mrs Connor said: “Of course, people must be mindful of not parking across driveways. Over about 10 years there have been five or six occasions when someone has come to ask for a car to be moved and it’s been done immediately.
“We have had such little problems with the neighbours that these comments really surprise me. It’s unbelievable.”
The club has taken the matter up with ward councillor Bob Price.
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