Formby Labour candidate wants wider parking restrictions to stop

Ben Bentley


A Formby Labour campaigner has welcomed new parking rules for Victoria Way - but says the restrictions don't go far enough.

Ben Bentley, who is Labour's candidate for Harington Ward at May's local elections, said day trippers parking on the already busy road causes problems every year.

And while the former Formby High pupil welcomes parking restrictions, he says they don't go far enough.

Ben said: "Parking in Victoria Way area during the busy summer months has caused many problems over the years as many day trippers visiting the beach and nature reserve have decided to park outside of the National Trust car park.

"To tackle the problem, I propose an extension of the proposed Victoria Way parking restrictions to the wider residential area which suffer similar problems with parking during the busy summer months, for instance some of the residential roads around the Harington Road and Victoria Road area.

"People complain about the problem year in, year out, but nothing is being done to resolve it. But imposing wider parking restrictions will see most of the issues around parking resolved."

Ben said there is also a need to maintain regular police patrols in the area.

Ben said: "As well as the parking issue, reports of antisocial behaviour and crime, such as the incident of thefts from one Harington Road shop last summer show the need to maintain regular police patrols during busy summer weekends in the wider Harington area.

"The momentum from last year's police ‘Beachsafe’ campaign should be maintained during the coming summer. A regular and visible police presence around the beach, Victoria Road, Freshfield station and wider Harington road area is necessary, particularly during the busier times.

"I applaud the excellent job our local police force has done in tackling anti social behaviour in recent years and I am concerned that the drastic government cuts to policing will hit our local police service hard.

"Cuts to Merseyside Police could stretch the resources of our local force and result in less police officers on the beat in the Harington area during the busy summer months."

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