Further calls for parking restrictions outside Kidderminster supermarket (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Further calls for parking restrictions outside Kidderminster supermarket
9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
TWO councillors have been left “frustrated” that their proposals for double yellow lines outside a Kidderminster supermarket have been “ignored” by Worcestershire County Council.
Conservative county councillor Nathan Desmond and Independent Community and Health Concern county councillor Mary Rayner have asked for the lines to be installed outside Tesco Express, in Stourbridge Road, to stop vehicles blocking the busy road.
Mr Desmond was first contacted about the issue a year ago after residents feared there would be a serious collision.
Both councillors have requested lines to be installed on both sides of the road but county council cabinet member for highways John Smith said that street parking can be “beneficial” to slow traffic down.
Instead of installing lines in Stourbridge Road, the council has proposed to put lines down Springfield Lane, a street at the side of the store.
Paul Richardson, of Stourbridge Road, said: “They were asked to be put outside Tesco. Why have they decided a quiet road needs them instead of the busy main road?
“I know residents who have been trying to pull out of Springfield Road when there is a HGV parked on Stourbridge Road or on the pavement and you can’t see what’s coming. You’re just blind. There’s going to be a collision or someone’s going to be knocked over.”
Mr Desmond, who contacted The Shuttle last year with proposals for the double yellow lines, said: “I’m not happy. Unfortunately it’s like hitting your head against a brick wall with highways.
“I was confident that this proposal would be carried out and I’m staggered and surprised it hasn’t been taken forward by highways.”
Mrs Rayner, who has spent time working with the local PACT group to get the lines installed, said: “We haven’t got a problem with parking in Springfield Lane. They’re going to be a waste of time and money.
“It costs a lot of money to put down double yellow lines. I find it very frustrating. The local residents have been totally ignored.”
In a statement, Mr Smith said: “Our proposals cover only the most critical locations because having too many parking restrictions can lead to drivers becoming frustrated and ignoring them plus street parking can be beneficial in reducing traffic speeds.
"However, we will consider any objections that we receive during the consultation process for these waiting restrictions and, if implemented, we will continue to monitor the site and consider further restrictions if required."
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