RESIDENTS of Abbots Bromley are being urged to make their voice heard in a consultation on parking problems.
The consultation, launched by Staffordshire County Council to tackle parking issues in the village, is still up for consideration and will be open for residents to have their say until January 17 at the library in Anson Street, Rugeley.
The idea of painting in double yellow lines near junctions was first raised by parish councillors some two years ago.
Lack of residential parking has continued to make driving in the village difficult since then.
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council said: “The essence of the plans are to keep the town flowing.
“Following requests from police and parish councillors we have put forward proposals to install double yellow lines in Goose Lane and Church Lane at the junctions where people are parking badly.
“Now we are hoping for resident feedback, I know that many people have made their voices heard already and we are inviting everyone who hasn’t done so to have their say.
“If there is no strong objection the plans are likely to go ahead.”
Councillor Simon Tagg, cabinet member for transport and connected county with Staffordshire County Council said: “The proposals were put out for public consultation as from December 20 and are still running until January 17.
“Anyone wishing to raise an objection to the proposals can do so until that date.
“During this period plans are available for viewing either at the Library in Anson Street, Rugeley or on the Staffordshire County Council website.
“This has also been advertised with street notices posted at all the junctions included within the proposals.
“Where residents have concerns over parked vehicles causing an obstruction or danger then they need to contact their local councillor, who will be able to raise it on their behalf for consideration by the Joint Parking Committee where it will be prioritised along with all other requests received.
“Residents may also wish to consider their own off street parking provision wherever it is possible.”
The chairman of the parish council in Abbots Bromley has said that the consultation is a ‘major step forward’ for 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 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.”
The launch of the formal consultation follows residents’ concerns at ‘illegal’ parking near junctions in the village.
Nathan 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 from the junction with reference to the Highway Code.”
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.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”