SOLIHULL MP Lorely Burt is demanding a meeting be set up between residents, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) bosses and Solihull Council to solve ‘once and for all’ the ongoing parking problems in the area.
A mass of residents met with the MP this week, next to the Lode Lane plant, to vent their anger over employees using neighbouring streets to park their cars during their shifts.
Despite attempts made by the car marque to tackle the ongoing problem, locals say workers are continuing to park their cars in their streets, obstructing the roads and blocking driveways.
Resident Tariq Hussain said: “They [JLR employees] are just making our lives a misery. We can’t have visitors to our home and they are completely disrespectful of the area. Something needs to be done.”
Residents say they are also faced with abuse if they attempt to confront any of the drivers over the issuse.
David Seymoor lives near one of the bus stops, which transports staff to the factory.
He said: “As well as the problems with parked vehicles, we also have to deal with around 30 to 40 people congregating at the bus stop several times a day. At 6am, they are talking loud, throwing rubbish and swearing. If you try to approach them, you just get abuse.
“There has been that many accidents along this road - someone is going to get killed.”
Councillor Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) said employees were ‘taking over the area.’
“I feel very sorry for the residents,” she said this week.
Residents also raised concerns that a recent consultation meeting held to discuss plans for a multi-storey car park on the Land Rover site did not have any members of the company’s management present.
A JLR spokesman said it was not standard practice for members of management to attend consultation events. However, he added a prearranged meeting between residents and management ‘would be possible.’
“JLR is always happy to play an active part in the community,” he added.