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Parking ban could hit Blackheath club
1:28pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Local
A LONG-established Blackheath club fears trade will be hit if a bid to impose a parking ban is given the green light.
Following the recent introduction of car park charges in the town, shoppers have started parking in Causeway, leaving residents unable to park outside their homes.
They are now pressing Sandwell Council to make the street “residents parking only”, but Blackheath Conservative Club officials are asking for the ban to be restricted to between 7am and 7pm.
Josie Connor, treasurer of the 110-year-old club, said a complete ban would hit trade as elderly and disabled members, plus women on their own, would not want to park further away.
There are already double yellow lines on the opposite side of the road.
Mrs Connor said: “The parking situation is absolutely dreadful during the day and I agree with the neighbours that something needs to be done, but there’s plenty of room in the evening and we are hoping the council will agree to lift the restriction then.”
She added: “The Rowley Regis Conservative Club has just closed and it’s going to be the survival of the fittest for all these clubs. We don’t want to put pressure on members to make it more difficult for them to come here.”
The club, which has open membership, is home to the Phoenix Big Band, which puts on monthly concerts for members. It also has a whist club and ladies section and hosts ballroom dancing every Saturday evening along with regular line dancing sessions.
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