Livewire - December 5, 2012

Kirkham and Wesham Train Station.
Kirkham and Wesham Train Station.
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By Mr B Fare of Wesham

I write in protest at the apparent lack of action by Fylde Council, Lancashire County Council and Network Rail in resolving the parking problem for the residents of Station Road, Wesham.

This is caused by drivers who park their cars from 6.30am to 6.30pm on a daily basis for five days a week without any consideration to the residents.

It’s effectively used as a free car park for those using Network Rail.

I’ve read that £400k has been spent on two roads in St Annes – and quite a lot of money is also being spent on the Lowther Gardens.

Yet quite a few months ago residents living in and around Clifton Hospital complained they could not park their cars due to hospital drivers parking cars willy nilly there.

Lo and behold, less than six months later the car park was extended at the hospital.

Fylde Council seems to only care about two places in the borough, Lytham and St Annes.

The council said the situation at the hospital warranted the extension.

Yet have we ever had any councillors or officials outside Kirkham and Wesham station monitoring the parking situation on Station Road – particularly during the peak period when motorists arrive there, from 6.30am to 8.30am? I doubt it.

Because if they had they would observe the parking situation.

It is not just an inconvenience to residents, it also means that lorries cannot turn down streets from Station Road.

Buses have to stop at oblique angles due to car drivers parking too close to the stops.

Not only do the residents of Station Road have to put up with this inconvenience but we have to put up with some drivers leaving cars not just on a daily basis but for up to seven days at a time – presumably having travelled further afield by train or on holiday.

I don’t think it’s acceptable that drivers can use the fronts of other people’s homes for this purpose while they go on holiday or business.

They seem to have the attitude that I have a tax disc, I can park where I like.

It is time councillors extended their thinking beyond Lytham and St Annes and saw the bigger picture and gave some consideration to other residents of this borough.

If they are not going to give us some consideration and resolve this situation then how about reducing our council tax for the inconvenience we have to endure for 52 weeks a year?