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Parking misery: plea for permits

SILHILL residents have renewed calls for a residents’ parking scheme to be introduced in their neighbourhood.

SILHILL residents have renewed calls for a residents’ parking scheme to be introduced in their neighbourhood.

Coun Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Silhill) believes that such a scheme will give priority to local people, who are fed up with commuters parking in nearby roads.

The problem has always been there, but has grown more serious in recent years.

Concerns over the sheer number of commuters who were parking in residential streets prompted a fight-back from Solihull Council, who introduced tough, new parking restrictions.

But this week, Coun Widger said that a permit scheme was an alternative tactic which should be adopted in some areas.

“Last year, residents and I organised a series of petitions attracting around 200 signatures from several roads throughout Silhill, including Elms Close, Grove Avenue and Redlands Road pressing the Council to introduce the scheme,” she said.

At a meeting in April, Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, considered requests for a permit scheme in six separate locations.

As well as the Silhill roads, calls had also come from Knowle and St Alphege.

It was agreed that the decision about introducing the scheme to these areas would be made once the idea had been trialled in the Hillfield area.

But Coun Widger this week warned that a permanent scheme could still be a way off for the residents.

 

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