PARKING issues which have been affecting those living near Halesowen College are set to be discussed at a public meeting.

Chaired by Belle Vale councillor Simon Phipps, the meeting – taking place from 6pm on Wednesday, December 6, at the Whittingham Road college – will give residents living nearby a chance to voice their concerns, with the aim of setting up a local group to help alleviate the problems in the area.

Cllr Simon Phipps, who has been working with local residents to combat the parking problems, said: “The idea is to create a community group, with a chairperson, treasurer and a committee, so we can access funding sources to try and help ease problems that residents in the area are having.

“I’d like to see as many local residents get involved as possible. We’re looking for nominations for the officer and committee positions so if you’re interested or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

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A car parked illegally on Woodridge Road in Halesowen.

Once a new group has been formed, it is then intended for bids for funding to be placed with West Midlands Police for equipment to help combat the problems.

Ideas suggested at previous meetings include placing cones in areas where parking poses a danger to pedestrians.

John Ellsmore, local resident, added: “I would encourage any residents who are concerned with the parking and other issues locally to come along to the meeting and volunteer to get involved.

“It is a great opportunity to take more control over the situation and have a hand in tackling the issues affecting local residents in the area.”

Any residents who are interested in becoming part of the group are invited to attend the meeting, alternatively Cllr Phipps can be emailed at