Coun­cil­lor’s bid to end road misery

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ACOUNCILLOR is lead­ing the fight for park­ing re­stric­tions in a bid to end res­i­dents’ 15-year night­mare at the hands of in­con­sid­er­ate mo­torists.

Cllr David Bar­ton is cam­paign­ing for time-limited park­ing to be in­tro­duced in Cromer Road, Birk­dale, to end the misery en­dured by lo­cal peo­ple.

Cllr Bar­ton, who rep­re­sents Dukes ward, is a lead­ing cam­paigner for the restora­tion and re­gen­er­a­tion of South­port.

He said “Res­i­dents have en­dured in­con­sid­er­ate car park­ing through­out week­days and week­ends for 15 years.

“Res­i­dents be­neath Hill­side Bridge and close to the rail­way sta­tion have had to put up with ver­bal abuse, ob­struc­tion, speed­ing, fear of crime and cars parked for ex­tended du­ra­tions es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.”

He is call­ing on fel­low Sefton Coun­cil dis­trict coun­cil­lors to fol­low pre­vi­ous rec­om­men­da­tions from high­ways of­fi­cers and Mersey­side Po­lice and agree to fund the in­tro­duc­tion of time-limited re­stric­tions to tackle the is­sues.

Cllr Bar­ton hoped the move might also help curb a wor­ry­ing num­ber of bur­glar­ies in the area re­cently.

Cllr Bar­ton said: “I have been on mul­ti­ple site vis­its both with res­i­dents and by my­self to ob­serve and ad­dress this long-stand­ing mat­ter.

“I have been in cor­re­spon­dence with Sefton Coun­cil High­ways De­part­ment, Mersey­side Po­lice, Merseyrail and South­port Home­watch As­so­ci­a­tion to gain any sup­port pos­si­ble for the res­i­dents to re­solve both is­sues of in­con­sid­er­ate car park­ing and cre­at­ing a safer neigh­bour­hood in con­junc­tion.

“It is my hope that af­ter all this ex­ten­sive work and ne­go­ti­at­ing I am able to now se­cure the sup­port of the re­main­ing dis­trict coun­cil­lors so that we may com­mence the car park­ing re­stric­tions as soon as pos­si­ble to pre­vent any more dishar­mony be­tween res­i­dents and the com­muters who have been park­ing at Cromer Road for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time.”

Cllr Bar­ton has rec­om­mended the res­i­dents de­tail a record of bad park­ing and in­volve the lo­cal Home­watch scheme, record­ing any ac­tiv­ity the res­i­dents think may be sus­pi­cious.

Coun­cil­lor David Bar­ton is cam­paign­ing for time-limited park­ing to be in­tro­duced in Cromer Road, Birk­dale

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