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Double Yellow Lines Could Be Installed to Make Way For 118 Horrible Houses In Stapleford

11th March 2017 Councillor Richard MacRae, Latest News, Nottingham County Council, Nottingham Evening Post Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

 

Double yellow lines could be painted along two Stapleford streets to make way for a controversial housing development in the town.

Last month it was revealed the Government overturned a decision made by Broxtowe Borough Council in April 2016 to refuse a planning application for 118 homes on farmland off Ilkeston Road.

Now Nottinghamshire County Council will discuss plans to install double yellow lines along the road, as well as part of Melbourne Road, at a committee meeting next week.

Council officers believe the parking restriction is necessary to accommodate access to the housing development, due to parked vehicles restricting visibility.

A report to the council’s transport and highways committee said: “A safety audit highlighted that the presence of parked vehicles restricted visibility at junctions and would cause conflict between drivers overtaking parked vehicles.”

But residents have said the double yellow lines – which would restrict parking at any time – would leave them unable to park outside their own homes.

Council officers believe the parking restriction is necessary to accommodate access to the housing development, due to parked vehicles restricting visibility.

A report to the council’s transport and highways committee said: “A safety audit highlighted that the presence of parked vehicles restricted visibility at junctions and would cause conflict between drivers overtaking parked vehicles.”

But residents have said the double yellow lines – which would restrict parking at any time – would leave them unable to park outside their own homes.

An artists’ impression of the homes at Field Farm

Retired builder Tony Baggott, 64, of Ilkeston Road, said: “Where are we meant to park our cars? Why should we have to pay for dropped kerbs?

“It seems our concerns haven’t been listened to and this housing development is being favoured over the views of those who have lived here for many years.”

And Sean Clements, 38, also of Ilkeston Road, added: “There will be no on-street parking for us. Melbourne Road is only a short walk away but I like my car outside my house so I can keep an eye on it.”

But Ruth Saunders, a teaching assistant, of Melbourne Road, agreed with the proposed parking restrictions.

The 44-year-old told the Post: “We have to stay positive. I understand that people don’t want this development and this is just another kick in the teeth.

Councillor Richard MacRae, who branded the Westerman Homes development “horrible”, told the Post he feels residents have been “badly let down” by the council.

Mr MacRae, who represents Stapleford North on Stapleford Town Council, said: “I find it very sad that the genuine concerns of the residents who will be affected have been ignored and this is going to go ahead as planned.

“It’s bad enough that Field Farm is going to be developed and to add to that the residents, who have lived on Ilkeston Road for many years, are now going to suffer for the benefit of those who will eventually live on Field Farm.

“Where does the council expect the residents of Ilkeston Road to park? Not all the gardens have a dropped kerb and parking on the front garden, why should they now be forced to pay for a dropped kerb and then have the front gardens converted to enable parking?”

Richard MacRae, Maisie Smith, and Jackie Smith, of Stapleford, at the site where houses will be built

A report to the council’s transport and highways committee said six objections were received to the proposed parking restrictions during a consultation, carried out between January 29 and February 29, 2016.

The report: “It is recognised that the loss of on-street parking on this section of Ilkeston Road will inconvenience some residents. However, unrestricted on-street parking is available along Melbourne Road.

“It should be noted that loading is permitted on double yellow lines, so deliveries to residents’ homes are unaffected.”

The proposed order will be discussed at the council’s transport and highways committee meeting, which takes place on Thursday, March 16 from 10.30am at County Hall.

By Jemma Page, Nottingham Post 

1 Comment

  1. Mr None 5 years Reply

    I love the fact that like everything else the Government overturned a decision made by Broxtowe Borough Council in April 2016 to refuse planning permission – and they get away with it ! (Why on earth to people never listen to the consensus …..

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