Sunday, 6 April 2014

Parking bans to tackle commuter parking

TRAFFIC restrictions are to be put in place in six Dorridge roads over concerns about parking by train commuters.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council said more roads could be included as part of a “village wide parking plan”.

Roads to get restrictions are Poplar Road, Fennis Close up to Beckford Croft, Cawdon Grove, Rodborough Road area, Station Road and Westfield Close.

No details of the type of restrictions – likely to be yellow lines – have been announced though work will be finished in by next April.

A council report said: “Officers are aware that all day parking is occurring on many roads around Dorridge railway station.

“In response to concerns raised by local ward members and residents, officers are currently working on the introduction of a village wide parking plan for Dorridge as part of the 2014/15 Traffic Regulation Order works programme.”

A petition has been handed by the council from residents of Brooksby Grove calling for restrictions.

A council report said: “As part of the village wide parking plan for Dorridge, the residents of Brooksby Grove will be formally consulted on the introduction of further parking restrictions.

“The implementation of any further restrictions will be subject to the outcome of that exercise.”


The council has also set aside £25,000 for restrictions in Widney Road by Widney Dental Care.
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20 comments:

  1. Time action was taken as much of the parking seems to be not so much lack of parking but unwillingness to pay for parking as I have never been unable to get a space in the car park by the petrol station whatever time of day.

    Also parking restrictions need extending along Grange Road to stop the thoughtless parking just before Manor Road when approaching from Hockley Heath direction.

    Demand could be reduced if the bus timetables better met the train times as once they did.

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  2. Could the no parking be on some roads 2 hour parking only, as going to hairdressers and beauty rooms and dentist are really difficult with the little parking we have a moment, and will have for sometime. It would still stop anyone parking that it going on the train, and could pay for parking.

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  3. Has anyone looked at the real problem?? Yes, there might be a few spaces at station carpark, which people going shopping in Birmingham are very glad of and if they are going to London all on off peak deals. But, fill them up with some of the 100 or more so cars parked around the streets and that will be the end of that, and also perhaps about 50 or more people will not be able to go to work!!! the problem is not the car owners it is British Rail who have not got a big enough car park and that should be sorted before the yellow lines are painted. The car is here to stay so plan for it. Build the carpark then stop the parking, not the other way around, we alread have enough stress in out lives, without not being able to park to go work or Birmingham or Londong on a trip.
    By the way I only used the railway about twice a year, so I am not talking for myself, but others.

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    1. Agree 100% 12:09. It costs £3.50pd (£800pa+) to park - assuming there is a space. I think the car park behind the petrol station should be 2 storeys and the pricing seriously reviewed; after all Chiltern are very happy to inflate their ticket prices year after year.

      It has to be in the interests of everyone - commuters, retailers, shoppers, residents to have enough sensible parking.

      I note Sainsbury's are keeping a low profile which is disappointing considering the influence and benefit they would gain from rail commuters passing through.

      SMBC planners do not know the meaning of "joined up".

      I use Dorridge station often for London and elsewhere, and walk to the station.

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  4. Definitely ban the parking. If we are lucky, people will give up trying to use the train and just drive to wherever they are going. It will help increase vehicle speeds to the 50mph+ regularly seen on Avenue Road which now has no parking. The parking problems in Dorridge are so severe that the benefits far out weigh the inconvenience to local residents who have nowhere for their friends and family / child care to park.

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    1. Are you mad? get people to drive to where ever they are going, do you realise how much more congested the roads will be if no one used the trains.

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    2. Dear 8 April 08:21 - no, I am not mad, I am sarcastic. Of course I realise which is why I am tearing what is left of my hair out at the unintended consequences of increased parking restrictions. As I point out, speeds on Dorridge Road and Avenue Road have shot up to way above the 30 mph limit with out parked cars - should we now install speed cameras / speed bumps? We already have the Sainsburys in Dorridge centre, now people want a multi-storey? Is it nice for the village, and imagine if your garden backs on to it? As other people have said, adding parking to the train fare just prices people out of rail commuting (and ultimately the service for Dorridge, both increased price and reduced frequency). I have never lived anywhere (either UK or abroad) which has less traffic and parking issues than Dorridge. As for residents parking permits, forget it - if you have a drive (however small, or whatever your extended family needs), SMBC will not consider residents parking permits currently. As a result, my 69 year old Mum now cannot park within 0.5 miles of my house (whilst looking after an 8 year old and 5 year old).

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    3. Making the Chiltern car park 2 storey will have very little impact on people looking out over it. there is no getting away from the fact that Dorridge needs more, cheap (for commuters) parking.

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  5. What about having residents parking permits?

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  6. It wont be long before Sainsburys clamp down on parking in their own car park, saying you can only park there if you shop there. 186 spaces is not sufficient for an enlarged surgery, hairdressers, nail bars, parents who will probably - hopefully - park and walk their children to school etc. The surgery is already encouraging patients to park in Avenue Road.

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  7. I commute into Birmingham by train, and if I pay for parking every day on the Chiltern car park this will cost me £18.50 per week - or £74 per month. This is 0n top of the monthly £72 that I pay for my train pass into Birmingham. Parking at either station car park must be made either free or affordable for those who work in Birmingham and commute on a daily basis. Until then I will park wherever I can on the streets so that I can afford to buy shoes and clothes for my children rather than lining the pockets of greedy Chiltern shareholders.

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    1. @22:00 My god, you sound like someone on welfare.

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    2. I have an old charity tin at home, I'll stand outside the station collecting donations.

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    3. 22:00 I was with you until the "shoes and clothes" bit!! I agree totally that the Chiltern car park is both overpriced and undersized. no-one benefit from the current system.

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    4. I'm fortunate that I only live about 2 miles from Dorridge station, so I bought myself one of those fold up bikes. Bit of a pain to keep unfolding and folding it up again, but I much prefer to do this than spend a small fortune on Chiltern parking fees.

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  8. In the meantime if you have space on your drive in walking distance of Dorridge station I suggest you advertise on "parkonmydrive" or similar and make a few quid!

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  9. Just park in the square in front of Tesco. The council have confirmed to me that they do not enforce the one hour parking signs and some car owners have been parking there all day for the last eighteen months!!!

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  10. Parking is not only an issue on roads but also at airports. there is also a need to upgrade the facilities.finding secureBirmingham Parking is becoming risk free with new trend.

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  11. Big problem is that the pay car park operated by Chiltern at Dorridge does not allow weekly or monthly car park tickets to be purchased to make regular parking cost effective. Only daily tickets can be purchased which is crazy! For some reason this is the ONLY car park operated by Chiltern that operates like this. If they did allow weekly or monthly parking tickets then more commuters would be encouraged to park there.

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