Yellow lines plan for Lickey road sparks fury

By Beth Sharp Friday 01 August 2014 Updated: 01/08 11:26

THE PROPOSAL to extend double yellow lines down the Old Birmingham Road has been labelled outrageous by a county councillor.

Coun Peter McDonald said the application put forward by the Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council to extend the lines from the Malvern Road junction to Rose hill and impose a ‘no waiting’ restriction during school drop-off and pick-up times, without any consultation, was both mad and insane.

He added how it was the responsibility of the local county councillor to propose changes, like these, and he certainly had not agreed to the proposal.

He said: “I have been inundated with calls from residents of Old Birmingham Road.

“Many elderly residents who cannot walk very far and need their cars outside their properties were very upset and felt they would become housebound.

“The parish council should keep its nose out of matters which are not within its authority.

“They have caused a great deal of worry to residents who do not have off road parking and have no choice but to park outside their own property.

“I have done my best to see that does not happen and I feel the parish council should immediately apologise to all those residents they have caused undue worry and concerns to.”

A Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council representative said: “As part of a Worcestershire County Council consultation we were asked to comment on proposals relating to the parking issues around Lickey Hills Primary School.

“We drew this to the attention of residents who had contacted us on the subject and agreed a response.

“Unfortunately, this response has been wrongly reported in a local publication.

“At no time was Rose Hill mentioned, nor any further up Old Birmingham Road than the High House Drive junction.”

Coun John Smith, who is responsible for highways, said the proposal had come about as a direct response to concerns from Lickey Hills Primary School and police about parking and traffic problems particularly around the beginning and end of the school day.

He added how the proposal was put forward after a meeting between the council, Coun McDonald and the police before it was sent to Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council for its consultation.

“Using all the information we have received any scheme will be advertised so anyone concerned or affected can make their views heard.

“Before any decision is implemented, Coun McDonald as the elected county councillor will have the opportunity to comment,” he said.

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