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Rail parking - action call

RAIL passengers parking up all-day in Hampton-in-Arden are causing a major headache for local residents.

RAIL passengers parking up all-day in Hampton-in-Arden are causing a major headache for local residents.

Over 200 people have signed a petition, calling for action against the commuters leaving their cars in the village.

Now locals have taken up their concerns with Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill).

“It’s quite a difficult situation because we’ve got to make sure we don’t come down on the residents,” said Coun Sleigh.

It is understood that the situation was made worse, after Severn Trent moved its HQ to Coventry.

As part of the water company’s green transport initiative, many workers are being encouraged to take public transport to work.

But drivers are finding there isn’t the space to park at Hampton Station and are leaving their cars on the roadside.

Gill Lewis, from Hampton Parish Council, said that some 50-60 cars are being left in the village on a daily basis.

“Introduction of yellow lines on some streets might be necessary but will inevitably displace parked cars to other areas of the village,” she said.

A number of residential areas have had the same problem, including Marston Green and Dorridge.

Coun David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, heard several complaints at a recent meeting.

“It’s obviously good that people are using public transport, but this problem needs addressing,” he told fellow councillors.

A meeting to discuss the situation in Hampton-in-Arden took place last Thursday.

 

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