EMBATTLED residents will welcome the news that a residents parking scheme is to be piloted in Hillfield.
The idea will be given a trial-run in four of the suburb’s busiest streets - Kilsby Grove, Austcliff Drive, Sevington Close and Thorngrove Avenue.
If the scheme proves successful then it could be rolled out to other areas which have been hit by commuter parking - including Silhill and St Alphege.
Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “It’s fair to say that parking in Hillfield has been a long-standing concern for residents living there and we were very careful to take into consideration all the implications and impacts before taking the decision to impose parking restrictions.
“We have continued to monitor the scheme and listen to feedback from residents. We know that the restrictions have presented difficulties for some residents and their visitors, which is why we have decided to pilot the parking permit scheme.”
Many locals have calling for such a scheme to be introduced to make things easier for homeowners and visitors - who have sometimes fallen foul of the restrictions.
Now every household in the four roads will be able to pay for a maximum of three permits. In addition, special permits for health visitors and workmen will be available free of charge.
But with the scheme not due to be introduced until March next year, it’s likely to be a while before a permanent system is introduced to Hillfield or other parts of the borough.