WHEREVER you go in Solihull parking is problem - unless you’re prepared to pay for it.
Slowly but surely residents are flexing their muscles and saying no to all day parking in residential roads. From Charterhouse Drive to Touchwood Hall Close, the march of the double yellow lines has been unstoppable.
Now Elmdon residents close to the A45 want the same.
For many members of staff it means that suddenly working in Solihull is becoming very expensive indeed unless they head for Monkspath Hall Road car park and pay their (very reasonable) £3 a day.
I don’t blame the residents - they may not own the road but it can be incredibly annoying when it’s chock a block with cars that stay there all day.
On the other hand, those cars can act as a chicane and slow traffic down, making it safer for road users.
There are of course alternatives to the car - but the buses aren’t cheap either these days while all but the diehards would blanche at the idea of cycling 365 days of the year.
Solihull town centre itself has only a limited number of legitimate car parking spaces available.
Could it be that the citizens of the borough, equipped with double yellow lines and parking fees, will succeed it getting people out of their cars where soaring petrol prices and tax have failed?