Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen backs Proctor Road resident

Formby Labour Action Team's Cllr Nina Killen and Tom Donnelly with some of the Proctor Road residents.

 

A Formby Labour Councillor said residents of a road which is plagued by day-trippers blocking driveways and even levelling abuse at homeowners were let down after the town's two Conservative councillors decided not to listen to local concerns and vote through unwanted blanket restrictions.

Residents of Proctor Road lobbied councillors at last Thursday's Sefton Central Area Committee in Formby calling for partial restrictions instead of the proposed summer weekend parking ban, which would affect people who live on the road more than problem day-trippers.

At an earlier site meeting, residents told Labour's Cllr Nina Killen how they were frequently verbally abused by visitors to the beach and pinewoods during the summer months.

They said their driveways were regularly blocked by parked cars which stretched the north end of their road.

However, they said the proposal to install seasonal restrictions on both sides of the the road would make parking for residents and their families and friends near impossible during summer weekends

After listening to concerns, Harington Ward Labour Councillor Killen and the residents suggested a compromise of seasonal restrictions on both sides at the north end, and just one side at the south end.

But during the crunch meeting, the ward's two Tory councillors voted to disregard the proposed compromise.

Cllr Killen said: "There were lots of very disappointed people at the meeting on Thursday night. Instead of the proposed seasonal restrictions on both sides, the residents had all come together to come up with a sensible compromise.

"That compromise was to install single yellow lines on both sides of the road down to as far as number 21, where they would be continued for the length of Proctor Road on just one side, allowing residents and visitors to park.

"Single yellow lines would mean restricted parking on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from April to October.

"Many residents were specifically concerned about elderly neighbours who have carers visiting, who wouldn't be able to park outside, or bring into the houses the heavy equipment that many of them need.

"So I proposed this solution and it was supported by the people who live on this street.

"The other two ward councillors went with the overall majority of the street, where 70% had voted for restrictions, however if you split the road in two, almost 100% at the north end wanted restrictions, but at the south end there was a majority in favour of no action. I think we should have looked at the north end and south end of this very long street as two separate roads and tried to find a solution that suited as many people as possible."

The residents now have the opportunity to object in writing to the planned parking ban,which would mean it is discussed and voted on again at the next area committee.

Cllr Killen is encouraging all Proctor Road residents to make their views known.

Cllr Killen said: "It is the residents who need to come up with the solution to this problem that they think will best suit them, instead of something being imposed on them that will likely make matters worse, not just for the period when day trippers come to Formby, but throughout the whole year.

"So I am encouraging everyone on Proctor Road to send in their views. The more people who write in, the better.

"These residents have been through a lot. Having their drives blocked for hours on end is clearly not acceptable. But then to face the barrage of abuse that many of them have told they face during the height of the problem needs to be dealt with.

"Then there are all the safety concerns with cars blocking the road and access to residential streets for emergency vehicles. All of these issues need to be taken into account before any decision is made.

"I believe the residents have come up with a sensible solution and I just hope that we can get the support of the other councillors at the next area committee."

To submit your views, write to: steve.johnston@sefton.gov.uk