New Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor works to resolve parkin

Veronica Bennett and Kevin Shannon
New Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is working to try to park a traffic problem on a busy Crosby road.
Cllr Bennett has been speaking to residents about the best ways to solve the issue of parking on Manor Road.
Last month, Tories claimed they had spoken to residents along the busy road and gathered support for a residents' parking scheme at just the end of the road nearest to the Village.
But Manor Road residents contacted Cllr Bennett 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 month'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.
Cllr Bennett raised the issue at the area committee after being contacted by residents furious at the Conservatives' actions.
It is scheduled to be discussed at this week's area committee, which will be held in St Stephen's Church Hall in Hightown starting 6.30pm on Wednesday (May 23).
Cllr Bennett slammed the Conservatives for previously advertising that the scheme was to go ahead - even before the area committee had considered the proposals.
Cllr Bennett said: "There is a problem with parking on Manor Road, but that problem isn't restricted to the Village end of the road.
"Residents have contacted me complaining that the proposal to introduce residents' parking in front of the eight homes at one end will make the problem even worse further up.
"So this proposal is not a solution and should never have been advertised as a 'done deal' by the Tories.
"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, who lives on Manor Road with his wife, five children and grandson, slammed the Tories for refusing to listen to residents.

He said: "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."
Cllr Bennett is now calling on residents throughout Manor Road to let the area committee know what solution they would like to resolve the parking problem.
Cllr Bennett said: "There is a problem with parking and we need to find a solution which tackles the problem rather than just moving it up the road where it will make matters worse.
"People need to come along to the area committee and have their say, or contact me directly with their views by emailing"
Kevin Shannon praised Cllr Bennett for taking action. 

He said: "It's been great to have Cllr Bennett'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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