08:30 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Consultation a 'step forward' for parking

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

A PARKING consultation in Abbots Bromley is a ‘major step forward’ for the village according to the chairman of the parish council.

The Staffordshire County Council consultation was launched in a bid to improve problem parking throughout the village.

Roger Jarman, chairman of Abbots Bromley Parish Council said: “The parish council actually made the original request for double yellow lines to be added throughout the village as we could see no other way forward to improve the parking problems.

“The problems we had had were that the junctions had become dangerous.

“It’s a major step forward for us the fact they are holding a meeting with residents and we are very happy with the fact they have started consulting.

“We made the request some two years ago but unfortunately were informed at the time that we were not high enough up the list of priority.”

The formal consultation into parking problems in Abbots Bromley was launched by Staffordshire County Council on December 20.

The announcement follows one resident’s concerns at ‘illegal’ bus parking near junctions in the village.

Nathan Parker, who lives in the village, slammed ‘dangerous parking’ by bus drivers leaving their vehicles near junctions and causing difficulties for other road users.

Mr Parker said: “Almost every morning there are one, perhaps two, buses parked at the bottom of Schoolhouse Road, blocking the view of people trying to get out.

“I believe they are parked illegally as they need to be at least 10 metres or 32 feet from the junction with reference to section 243 of the Highway Code.”

Parking on blind bends also continues to be ‘an accident waiting to happen’ including cars parked on the corner next to The Goat, in Market Place.

A resident of Abbots Bromley, who does not wish to be named said: “It’s the people who park their cars on the blind corner by the Goat that need to sort themselves out.

“If they weren’t parked there, then there wouldn’t be a problem for the drivers.”

The highways department at Staffordshire County Council were unavailable for comment.

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