Dispute over plans to restrict parking in busy Stapleford road
Councillor Richard MacRae with residents in Washington Drive, where double yellow lines could be painted.
Residents and businesses are split on a proposal to restrict parking in a busy Stapleford road.
Some have welcomed Nottinghamshire County Council plans to paint double yellow lines in Hickings Lane and two nearby roads, saying it is an “accident waiting to happen” due to cars parked on a junction outside a car showroom.
But staff at Maranello Cars believe it could damage their business by taking away vital parking spaces for customers.
The council has launched a public consultation before deciding whether to introduce the restrictions, which would also affect Washington Drive and Hobart Drive.
Carol Young, of Central Avenue, visits her daughter Kayleigh, 28, in Hobart Drive.
The 65-year-old, who has 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, said: “We’ve had a few near misses when we’ve been going to her house or coming away via Hickings Lane. You can’t see anything when you’re coming out on to Hickings Lane because there are cars parked either side.
“The yellow lines would make life so much easier and safer for anyone driving around that area.”
The council has proposed to paint double yellow lines on an 80m stretch on one side in Hickings Lane, east of the Washington Drive junction, and 15m to the west.
Restrictions would be in force on both sides of Washington Drive, stretching beyond the Hobart Drive junction. A bus stop clearway would also be created opposite the junction between Hickings Lane and Washington Drive.
Stapleford Town Councillor and Broxtowe borough Councillor Richard MacRae said: “People have been parking on that junction rather than using the car park outside the Co-op, which is right next to it and easily big enough.
“The cars are blocking everyone’s eyesight and it’s an accident waiting to happen.”
Elizabeth Rana, secretary at Maranello Cars, said: “Our customers park their cars outside the garage so it would be an issue. We don’t ever park in an inconvenient way.
“We get a lot of complaints but people don’t realise that a lot of the cars are owned by staff from other businesses and some of the residents around here.”
Dave Walker, the council’s highways manager for the Broxtowe area, said: “We are carrying out this consultation following the many concerns which have been raised by both the public and the police about cars parking obstructively at this location.”
The consultation runs until September 1. For more information, click here.