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Resident hits out as council creates parking headache

ANGRY Paul Sultana has slammed Solihull Council’s “heavy handed” approach to a parking problem in his road.

ANGRY Paul Sultana has slammed Solihull Council’s “heavy handed” approach to a parking problem in his road.

Earlier this month, the council put down single and double-yellow lines in Cooks Lane, Kingshurst.

It was a move made in response to parents parking to pick up students at the CTC Kingshurst Academy.

But Mr Sultana argued that the lines had turned a minor inconvenience into a major headache.

“I worked during the day and if ever there was a problem with someone parking across the driveway then I’d ask and they’d move their car,” said the 48-year-old. “But now these restrictions essentially mean visitors have been banned from parking outside my own home.”

Mr Sultana said that during a consultation exercise, himself and many other residents had lobbied for restrictions to only be introduced in school hours.

“I feel very let down. Having a consultation and ignoring what we said is worse than having no consultation at all,” he added.

Now he’s looking to get a petition together against the parking restrictions that the council have introduced.

Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “There has been extensive consultation on the road safety scheme proposals on Cooks Lane. We had a good response from residents and the scheme has been amended as a result – for example the proposal to include road humps has now been deleted.

“There was a high level of support for a zebra crossing near Forth Drive, and work will start on this in January. There was also a high level of support for parking restrictions on Cooks Lane which also apply to the footway and the verge.”

 

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