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Manor Road resident Kevin Shannon with Blundellsands & Crosby Labour Action Team's Veronica Bennett.


Crosby residents say they are now having to build bridges with their own neighbours after local Conservatives started parking wars. 
 
Earlier this month, Tories claimed they had spoken to residents along Manor Road and gathered support for a residents' parking scheme at the end of the road nearest to the Village.
 
But Manor Road residents have since come forward saying they oppose the plans which essentially provides "private parking for just eight houses" which in turn will make parking more difficult for the rest of the residents.
 
And the Tory claims were exposed at last week's Crosby Area Committee when Labour councillors slammed the Tories for announcing a decision was to go ahead before it had been approved.
 
Councillors on the committee decided to reject the Tory proposals.
 
Blundellsands resident and leader of the Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team Veronica Bennett raised the issue at the area committee after being contacted by residents furious at the Conservatives' actions.
 
Veronica asked Crosby Area Committee members whether they were aware that the Conservatives had already advertised the scheme was to go ahead - even before the area committee had considered the proposals.
 
Speaking afterwards, Veronica said: "What Conservative ward members suggested was an unprecedented use of residents' parking schemes, basically private parking bays for a small number of houses, paid for by the taxpayer. 
 
"Parking around the Village is a problem, but giving just eight homes private parking to the detriment of all their neighbours and at a cost of over £1,000 is a bizarre idea for a solution.
 
"I'm angry on behalf of the residents who thought they were getting this parking because the Tories misled them about what the area committee would and would not find acceptable. I'm even angrier as a resident of the ward that the Blundellsands Tories wasted a shocking amount of our money on advertising a scheme they must have known couldn't go ahead."
 
Fifty-two year old software developer Kevin Shannon lives on Manor Road with his wife, five children and grandson.

Kevin slammed the Tories for refusing to listen to residents.

He said: "The Conservatives made out this was what the residents wanted. But the decision hadn't even been made and they didn't even listen to the residents' concerns about the plans.
 
"This didn't make any sense as the residents' parking scheme the Tories wanted to introduce would only result in cars moving further up the road, moving the problem rather than solving it.
 
"We put together our own petition because the Conservative councillors weren't listening to us residents in Manor Road. We had 40 people sign our petition. It was the vast majority of the householders affected by the Conservatives' plans.
 
"I regularly have to park 200 yards down the road away from my house because there's no where to park and that is even during the evening.
 
"I've even had a parking ticket for parking near my house on double yellow lines for a couple of minutes while I helped my 85 year old father out of the car and into the house because there was no space near enough. My father can't walk unsupported.
 
"It is as bad outside my house and the houses up and down Manor Road as it is outside the eight houses where the parking restrictions were to be installed.
 
"We told the Conservatives all of this, but they just refused to listen.
 
"The Tories' proposal would just make things worse for the rest of us.
 
"What they have done is set neighbour against neighbour here. This is my community. This is a lovely community. We all get on very well but the Tories are setting us against each other. I hope the damage the Tories have done to our community aren't permanent.
 
"This could so easily have been avoided if the Conservatives had bothered to speak to the residents in the rest of the road, but they didn't."
 
Kevin praised Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team's Veronica for taking action. 

He said: "It's been great to have Veronica's involvement in this. She has been a breath of fresh air.
 
"Veronica has definitely got the interests of our community at heart.
 
"Her involvement has been crucial in getting the voices of the rest of the residents heard."

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