Formby Labour's Cllr Nina Killen: We need to get summer parking

Harington Ward Labour councillor Nina Killen.

 

Planned parking restrictions on the roads around the Lifeboat Road car park at Formby Point have been put on hold until the start of next year.

Residents were hoping that they would be saved from problem parking this summer after widespread restrictions were agreed by local councillors on Bushby's Lane, Lime Tree Way, St Luke's Church Road, Church Green and Kirklake Road.

Residents on these roads near the coast have suffered numerous problems, which have increased over the past few years, of obstructive parking, parking on pavements, blocking junctions, blocking driveways, litter and even abuse from visitors.

Restrictions for Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April-October were agreed at the Central Sefton Area Committee in January but there were numerous complaints from residents on roads which did not get restrictions.

Because of the complaints, the issue would have had to go back to the Area Committee in September - which means there was no way the lines would be implemented before the end of this summer.

Labour's Harington ward councillor Nina Killen said: "I know the residents will be really disappointed to hear that there will be no restrictions brought in this summer. The roads can get really clogged up with day-trippers who often double park and block pavements and it can sometimes even mean residents can't access their own properties - I even had a resident contact me last year saying it had taken her 30 minutes to get out of her own street.

"With limited parking available at the National Trust and Lifeboat Road the car parks do get full very quickly on hot summer days as people come to enjoy our fantastic beaches. As much as we would like people to travel by public transport a large number travel by car and once the car parks are full they are forced to park on the residential streets, some of which are not wide enough to accommodate parking on both sides. But without restrictions this is what happens which can cause misery for residents.

"I have had an assurance from Cllr Fairclough that these restrictions will be in place by next summer and we will be monitoring the situation this summer to see if any more roads need restrictions. I would urge residents to contact me over the summer to report on parking in their street.

"We really want to get this parking scheme right first time so we don't have to revisit it in the following years."