Parking campaigners seeing red over double yellow lines

CAMPAIGNERS -- (from left) Bob Collier and Peter Olko, of ACCESS, and Coun Davis in Annesley
CAMPAIGNERS -- (from left) Bob Collier and Peter Olko, of ACCESS, and Coun Davis in Annesley

ANGRY residents of Annesley have criticised proposals by Notts County Council to put double-yellow lines around Sherwood Business Park.

The council wants to restrict parking at the site. But villagers say the move would lead to more workers parking in residential areasm and congestion would prevent villagers parking at the doctors’ surgery or local shops.

Forest Road resident Peter Olko, who is chairman of Annesley Community Committed to Ensuring Sustainable Settlements (ACCESS) said bosses at the park needed to take responsibility for the shortage of parking spaces.

He said: “Their business is up to them. We are trying to enjoy the quiet. We are not a suburb of the business park.”

He suggested that firms could use space at unoccupied buildings and that more parking could be created on grass verges.

Vice-chairman of ACCESS, Bob Collier, added that householders did not want to see parking restrictions imposed around the village because this could also damage trade.

The residents’ concerns were echoed by Coun Don Davis (Lab), of Ashfield District Council, who said that parking was already a “huge problem” around the site — and that double-yellow lines would aggravate it.

He said: “You are better off managing traffic on the estate, rather than in a residential area.”

The county council’s traffic manager, Peter Goode, added: “The scheme is intended to address the difficulties experienced by buses and lorries gaining access to the business park, bus stops and specific premises.

“It is in the early stages of development, and informal consultation is in progress. Every effort will be made to avoid displacement into residential areas and, in fact, part of the scheme will formalise restrictions which have already been implemented through the informal use of cones.

“The introduction of a new bus-service (as reported in last week’s Dispatch) will also provide greater opportunity for workers to travel by public transport and will help reduce the demand for car parking.”