Time to re­strict day­time park­ing

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

DEAR Edi­tor, Nor­mally, peo­ple com­plain about lack of park­ing spa­ces. On this oc­ca­sion, I am con­cerned about too many parked cars and conges­tion.

As a res­i­dent of Selly Park for the best part of last decade, I can see the change in the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment for the worse. What used to be a nice quiet leafy sub­urb has now is­sues with conges­tion dur­ing peak hours, nar­rowed road space due to parked cars and speed­ing traf­fic at off peak hours. The travel time to and from work has more than dou­bled. I see cars zoom around at high speeds with no re­gard for oth­ers even in 20mph zones. The speed cam­eras on Bris­tol Road means that of­fend­ers take the side roads to avoid de­tec­tion.

Re­cently, there were two sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents due to car col­li­sions at Oak­field Road and Pritchatts Road – both 20 mph zones. Thank­fully, the ma­jor in­jury was re­stricted to cars but it is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen with more se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

The coun­cil needs to ban con­struc­tion of any more flats or mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion houses within Selly Park, Selly Oak, Edg­bas­ton and Har­borne. Any new or ex­pand­ing busi­nesses must plan for their car park­ing within their premises. Road­side park­ing must be re­stricted to one hour dur­ing a work­ing day and mon­i­tored for de­fault­ers.

Although grow­ing pop­u­la­tion is an is­sue, traf­fic conges­tion due to poor plan­ning is not the right so­lu­tion. I hope our coun­cil does the need­ful to en­sure that the res­i­den­tial ar­eas are not ad­versely af­fected by fu­ture de­ci­sions as none of it can be re­versed.

Dr S Kan­nan, Selly Park, Birm­ing­ham

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