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Cradley Heath residents fear parking congestion will end in accident
12:59pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
PARKING congestion in a Cradley Heath street is an accident waiting to happen, claim residents who have launched a petition calling for action.
Train commuters and shoppers are clogging up New Pool Road to avoid paying parking charges.
Marie Jarvis, whose parents Jim and Pam Doyle have lived there for 34 years, said the problem had worsened over the last 18 months as more people were using the train station and had been exacerbated since Sandwell Council imposed charges on its car parks earlier this summer.
Although the small Cradley Heath Railway Station car park is free, the privately owned overspill car park charges £2 per day.
About 160 residents have signed a petition urging Sandwell Council to find a solution to people parking their cars outside their homes.
Mrs Jarvis said although most residents have off road parking, relatives and friends could not park and some residents, including a neighbour with a disabled daughter, did need on-road parking spaces.
She said: “It’s a real hazard and the residents are fed up with it. With cars parked on both sides of the street, you have to reverse if another vehicle comes the other way because you can’t pass.”
Residents fear someone will be hit by car because there is no safe place to cross and a motorist admitted to Mrs Jarvis he had narrowly missed knocking down a pedestrian who started crossing between parked cars.
Supermarket delivery drivers and refuse collectors have also signed the petition because they struggle to reach homes due to the congestion.
Cradley Heath and Old Hill councillor John Tipper, who drew up the wording of the petition on behalf of residents and signed it, said a solution could be to have single yellow lines down New Pool Road, with parking limited to an hour and a residents’ parking scheme.
“I don’t think that would be an unreasonable solution to the problem,” said Cllr Tipper.
The petition will be considered by the council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation Cllr Maria Crompton next Thursday, October 24.
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