New parking scheme 'puts business at risk'
WORKERS in West Bridgford claim a new parking scheme is putting business at risk.
Permits came into force on January 28 to prevent non-residents from parking on streets in the town centre.
They were introduced to stop cars blocking driveways, particularly on football and cricket match days.
Emily Whitby, administrator at Fine estate agents in Tudor Square, West Bridgford, has started a petition demanding parking for workers.
She said: "I understand that residents of West Bridgford need space but workers need a solution – perhaps a reduced fee car park?
"How can the borough council expect businesses to remain open if we cannot get to work?
"So far at least 50 people have signed the petition, and I haven't even been all the way down Central Avenue yet."
The new scheme affects Stratford Road, Wellington Crescent, Church Drive and Avon Gardens.
Parts of Stratford Road are available for non-permit holders, but parking is limited to a maximum of two hours.
Val Shakespeare, who works at Royston and Lund in West Bridgford, added that the council needed to deal with the situation quickly.
She said: "Rushcliffe needs to give people the opportunity to park elsewhere, perhaps by making one of the short-term car parks into long-term for the people employed in West Bridgford. I am sure people would be happy to pay and buy monthly tickets."
David Mitchell, of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said there were no plans to introduce parking passes for workers.
He said: "New parking arrangements have been introduced to address issues related to the residential nature of West Bridgford.
"The council has also structured the charges for its car parks to ensure that short stay spaces are available for those visiting the town centre.
"When the council undertakes a review of car parking in the future, we will take these issues into account."
Neil Hodgson, of the County Council's highways department, said: "There was pressure on parking in the area which was the source of frustration to residents.
"With all such schemes there is always some conflict of interest but we have done our very best to provide a solution which we hope keeps the majority of people happy."