Mixed reaction to parking permit plans

Maxine Callow
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A MIXED reaction has been given to news resident only parking permits could be introduced on 20 streets.

Councillors have given the go-ahead to the proposal, which will affect more than 1,500 properties, at an executive meeting at Blackpool Town Hall.

The permits could be introduced, at a cost of £100,000, in roads between Stanley Park and Park Road, including Whitegate Drive, Cumberland Avenue, Breck Road, Harley Road, Kensington Road, Gorse Road, Harley Road, Kensington Road and Kenwyn Avenue in Blackpool.

John Fallon, of St Albans Road, has campaigned for permit parking for three years.

He said: “I’m very pleased, it’s been a long time coming.

“Parking at night was horrendous since the Whitegate Health Centre was built, and when Blackpool and the Fylde College expanded - cars would spill onto our road. Bin lorries couldn’t get passed and nobody could park near their homes.

Blackpool Council had received 105 objections to the plans, but concluded the congestion caused by the Whitegate Drive health centre and the expansion of Blackpool and Fylde College outweighed concerns.

But the 250 members of Blackpool Art Society, who meet regularly on Wilkinson Avenue, are worried their membership could now fizzle out.

Society spokesman David Barston said: “We have 250 members, and many are elderly. We’re extremely disappointed at this decision, as these people might not be able to be members any more. They will not be able to park nearby and will not walk through Blackpool on dark nights.

“They will be robbed of what is a lifeline for some of them.”

At the meeting, Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for tourism and regeneration (pictured), said: “It is difficult to please everybody, but many residents are at the end of their tether.

“We all appreciate not everybody can park directly outside their homes, but people should be able to get within a short distance.

Other streets to have permits include Breck Road, Lever Street, Lyceum Avenue, Marlboro Road, Newcastle Avenue, Salisbury Road, Somerset Avenue, Tyne Avenue, Westwood Avenue, Wilkinson Avenue, Woodland Grove, Glen Street, Gloucester Avenue and St Alban’s Road.

Permits will operate between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.