New parking rules make life a misery

Alison Smith from Zeva Hair Salon and Christine Bowling are angry about new parking schemes off Park Road
Alison Smith from Zeva Hair Salon and Christine Bowling are angry about new parking schemes off Park Road
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A GROUP of residents have hit out at a new permit scheme – saying the parking situation on their street is making life a misery.

Christine Bowling, 56, lives on Park Road and claims parking outside her home has become virtually impossible since two nearby streets introduced a residents’ permit scheme a month ago.

Under the new rules, only residents of Cumberland Avenue and Westmorland Avenue may park there between 8am and 6pm – or face a fine.

But Mrs Bowling said the Whitegate Drive workers who used to park on these streets are now using Park Road – and it is impossible for her to set down near her home.

She added: “The parking situation is a disgrace and many of my neighbours are furious about it.

“I end up parking streets away and having to walk in the rain because Park Road is crammed with cars.

“I then go out to move my car after 6pm outside my house and if I have a day off, I daren’t go anywhere in case I lose my space.

“I have lymphedema and am not supposed to carry anything heavy, but because of this situation I end up walking miles.”

The civil servant, who lives with her daughter, said some students from the local college had already fallen foul of the new scheme and had tickets slapped on their car.

Vehicle owners wanting to sell their cars also often use the busy road to get them noticed.

Mrs Bowling added: “It is making living here miserable, it may solve the problems of residents on Cumberland and Westmorland but it makes parking impossible for people on Park Road.

“The signs are also difficult to spot so I imagine quite a few people will end up with fines.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport at Blackpool Council, said they were assessing the scheme.

Spaces

He added: “We’re currently trialling a residents’ parking scheme around the Whitegate Drive area to help residents who have been struggling to park.

“Unrestricted parking spaces are available on Park Road, as well as on various adjacent streets to the west.

“We will be reviewing this scheme in the future and will make alterations if we feel they are necessary.”