Time to restrict daytime parking
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