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Residents celebrate parking victory

WORKING across the political divide has ensured fed up residents in roads targeted by all day town centre parkers will finally see parking restrictions enforced in the New Year.

WORKING across the political divide has ensured fed up residents in roads targeted by all day town centre parkers will finally see parking restrictions enforced in the New Year.

Residents of Touchwood Hall Close and Buryfield Road have long campaigned for tighter measures to halt people who leave their vehicles on local roads to avoid paying parking charges.

Now after nearly 20 years of campaigning by councillors and locals, Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure has approved two parking restrictions on parking.

Councillor Peter Hogarth (Con, Silhill) has been backing the drive to combat selfish parking alongside Councillor Leela Widger (Lib Dem, Silhill) and Councillor Sheila Pittaway, (Con, Silhill).

Coun Hogarth said: "We, two Conservatives and one Liberal, have worked together to try and get a result after many years of trying to get a solution to the problem.

"Myself, Mrs Pittaway and Leela Widger wrote a letter demanding a resolution within six months and we got there in the end. But you have to convince the powers that be in the council house.

"It was certainly gratifying to see Mr Collins from Touchwood Hall Close, who had campaigned for 18 years, see the restrictions agreed."

He added: "Over the years there were additional restrictions put in the town centre which has grown enormously - there were restrictions in before but they needed to be much improved to stop the all day parker."

Meanwhile Coun Hogarth said parents at the private Eversfield School, located near to Touchwood Hall Close, will still be able to collect their children at 3pm while obeying the forthcoming parking restrictions on the Close.

"We need to have a welcoming improvement and it will happen sometime in the New Year. I will keep my fingers crossed and when it does there will be flags flying."

 

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