Parking permit scheme anger in Shear Brow

Cars parked on the street in Shear Brow

Cars parked on the street in Shear Brow

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS have reacted with anger over an extension to the permit-only parking scheme in Shear Brow.

The scheme will limit households in several streets, including Bicknell Street, Charlotte Street, and Oswald Street, to buy one resident’s permit for £30 per year, and one visitor’s permit for £15 per year.

Residents have admitted that parking in the area is a problem, with town centre workers, students and shoppers parking in the area.

But they have complained that the new measures will be ineffective, as once the permits are introduced many motorists will instead park in other areas of Shear Brow where the scheme is not in effect.

Residents have also complained that the consultation was not carried out fairly due to a lack of effective communication from the council, and have criticised councillors for failing to inform them about how much the scheme will cost or how much income it is expected to generate. Many residents also feel that they are being financially penalised for traffic problems caused by people who do not live in the area.

After receiving permit application forms from Blackburn with Darwen Council, which they say was the first notification they received that the scheme was to go ahead, a group of residents have joined together to collect petition signatures and raise a dispute against the parking scheme’s application in the lower part of Shear Brow.

Juber Umarji, 39, who lives in Oswald Street said: “There was no proper consultation, and they’ve not taken our objections into consideration. It may not sound like a lot of money but it will be going up every year.

“There was no proper consultation with local mosques and schools, meetings were arranged at very short notice, nobody knew because they weren’t publicised correctly, so nobody was able to attend.”

A council spokesman said: “We are looking into the complaint and the representations made regarding this matter.”

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4:21pm Wed 19 Mar 14

eastlancslad says...

Lets face it, BwD Council simply does not want people who work in Blackburn town centre to come in by car. Same goes for shoppers too.
If you live near the town centre you obviously don't need a car, so what is all the fuss about?
Lets face it, BwD Council simply does not want people who work in Blackburn town centre to come in by car. Same goes for shoppers too. If you live near the town centre you obviously don't need a car, so what is all the fuss about? eastlancslad
  • Score: -2

5:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Use your disabled badge. Every house hold have one up there. I say no more!!
Use your disabled badge. Every house hold have one up there. I say no more!! mark anthony
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5:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

woolywords says...

There is nothing wrong with a residential parking scheme, as it ensures that you can park outside your home when you finish work for the day at 430, instead of having to wait until the town centre shop worker finishes an hour later then vacates 'your space'.
However, I think many are objecting, solely because they own more than one car per household and therefore are being charged 30p per day, for parking on their own doorsteps.
Mind you, this cost could be softened somewhat, if the council agreed to spend more on the local child play areas than they currently do. Some, are a complete disgrace!
There is nothing wrong with a residential parking scheme, as it ensures that you can park outside your home when you finish work for the day at 430, instead of having to wait until the town centre shop worker finishes an hour later then vacates 'your space'. However, I think many are objecting, solely because they own more than one car per household and therefore are being charged 30p per day, for parking on their own doorsteps. Mind you, this cost could be softened somewhat, if the council agreed to spend more on the local child play areas than they currently do. Some, are a complete disgrace! woolywords
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