Resident parking bid axed

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Neighbours in part of Blackpool have been told a council plan to introduce a residents’ parking scheme have been scrapped.

Town hall bosses suggested bringing in residents’ parking only in streets around Layton, Park and Brunswick wards.

But following what the council said was public feedback, the plans for Brunswick and Layton have now been 
rejected.

An extra consultation with residents in Park will be under taken shortly to gain more local opinions before a final decision is made on that order.

The demand for residents only parking originally stemmed from employees at Blackpool Victoria Hospital parking on residential roads, however the introduction of a multi-storey car park has now reduced the problem for residents.

Stephen Harrison, who runs Salon 142 in Grange Road, Layton, was among those who said the plan could have hit his business hard if it had gone ahead.

Layton ward councillor Kathryn Benson said: “Residents have been quite clear in letting us know that the situation has improved with far fewer hospital workers parking in Layton’s streets.”

Coun Martin Mitchell added: “The overwhelming majority of people who responded were against having residents’ parking. When the people speak we listen.”

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We had a number of local residents who wanted something to be done about non-residents parking on their local streets, therefore it was only right that we looked at ways of alleviating the problem for them.

“Thankfully, the new car park at the hospital appears to have calmed the pressures itself and as such many locals and businesses said that they didn’t feel the order was necessary any more.

“I’m always happy to listen to residents and businesses and feel that by working together we can come to the best possible solution for the local area, which is exactly what’s happened in this case.

“That’s what we’ll be doing again with regards to Park, and I encourage everybody interested to get involved with that consultation, as your views do make a difference.”