SOLIHULL Council is launching a consultation on plans to introduce tough new parking restrictions across Dickens Heath.
The £10,000 pilot scheme will prevent drivers parking on pavements and grass verges anywhere in the village, with a £70 fine for anyone breaking the order.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, told last week’s committee meeting: “If anything gets on my nerves, it’s parking on footpaths and green verges.
“We can’t afford to go on putting in bollards and raised kerbs. It has to be a whole zone approach.”
Solihull Council targeted five problem locations across the borough, following a Department of Transport’s decision to allow pavement parking bans last year. Coun Richards said the approach of leaving ‘advisory letters’ on cars flouting the law had been successful everywhere but Dickens Heath, which called for more robust measures.
But Coun Simon Slater (Lab, Shirley West) said he was ‘sympathetic’ to drivers forced to park on pavements out of necessity.
“The report says 453 Dickens Heath people are parking in the wrong place. But where are the alternatives?
“Dickens Heath doesn’t seem to have been designed in a very car-friendly way.”
Trevor Eames, of Solihull Ratepayers Association who was invited to speak at the meeting, agreed, adding: “No-one can argue there is not a problem with parking at Dickens Heath.
“It’s all down to poor planning which did not provide sufficient off-street parking. We are concerned that a blanket approach could be excessive.”
A public consultation is due to begin shortly.