Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dorridge parking restrictions agreed

PLANS to introduce a raft of parking restrictions in Dorridge will be brought in in phases, council bosses have announced.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council had consulted on a range of parking measures around the village (see details here). For details of the final plans click here.

The agreed measures – including a 20mph limit through the centre and waiting restrictions - were aimed at tackling parking by commuters who leave their cars in the village all day.

Some 320 people responded to a consultation with about a third in favour and two-thirds against, the council said.

A statement released today said: “In August 2014, Solihull Council undertook a substantial consultation concerning a proposal to introduce new parking restrictions in Dorridge.

“After analysing the responses to the consultation and taking into account the general feelings expressed, a way forward has been agreed.

“The scheme will now be considered in a number of phases. The first phase will encompass the new development at the heart of the village and will included parking restrictions, a 20mph speed limit, loading and disabled parking facilities, and speed tables.

“The roads affected will be Station Approach, Forest Road and lengths of Station Road, Avenue Road and Grange Road, as well as the car park adjacent to the shops at the Arden Buildings.”

It comes as Sainsbury’s prepares to open a supermarket on the site of the former Forest Court on November 26.

“The effects of these new measures, together with changes to parking patterns influenced by the new Sainsburys development, will be monitored and more parking restrictions may be considered as a result.

“The community will be consulted again before any further restrictions are implemented.”

Cabinet member for transport and highways Ted Richards said: “We have consulted with the residents of Dorridge and the overwhelming feeling was that we should wait to see the effects of the new development before introducing wider parking restrictions.

“As new parking patterns settle and become established, we will monitor the area and see what other areas need specific attention. “

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