Works starts to resolve Rutland’s parking issues

THE first steps to resolving parking issues in Oakham have been taken.

A working party set up by Rutland County Council to look at parking issues in the county held its first meeting on Wednesday to look specifically at Oakham.

More than 40 people turned up to the meeting at the council offices in Catmose, to hear the evidence put forward by people invited by the council.

Council leader Roger Begy (Con), who is the portfolio holder for highways, said the aim of the meeting was to hear information, rather than reach decisions.

The other members of the working party are William Cross (Con), Jeff Dale (Ind) and Marc Oxley (Lib Dem).

He said: “Looking at parking in Oakham and Uppingham is one hell of a task and this is just the first step.

“I think the time has come when we have got to look at Oakham because it is going to get bigger. We have got 1,000 homes coming just from the Hawksmead development. It is being exacerbated all the time.”

Oakham mayor Joyce Lucas, who was representing the Oakham north west ward, told the meeting she thought problem areas were Kings Road, Cold Overton Road and Princess Avenue.

Oakham town councillor Alf Dewis, representing the Oakham south west ward, told the council he believed the level crossing in Melton Road would get worse as more housing developments are completed.

He also suggested the coach park in Kilburn Road was insufficient and said signs in the town needed to be improved.

Josephine Abbott spoke on behalf of residents, who live in Kings Road. She said there weren’t enough parking space in the road because most households own two or three cars.

She also said parking made the road so narrow, she feared emergency services wouldn’t be able to get through.

Mrs Abbott said: “I don’t think Kings Road is the only area where there’s a problem but I do think it’s one of the worst areas.”

Resident of Woodland View Ron Miller said he feared someone could get killed on the road because parking was so bad and he said the grass verges were being ruined by cars.

And Tracy Palmer, of Stamford Road, also asked the meeting for double yellow lines.

Other comments and suggestions made at the meeting included offering parking for cycling and subsidised parking for people who work in Oakham.

But police community support officer Jay Cooper said the police only dealt with incidents of dangerous parking or obstructing the highway, but didn’t tend to issue fines because “it’s a heavy-handed approach”.

He said: “I don’t believe there is a road in Oakham where dangerous parking exists.”

Coun Begy said the main entrances into Oakham, which are Barleythorpe Road, Burley Road and Stamford Road, would be looked at and emergency services, binmen and traffic wardens would also be contacted.

A meeting to look at issues in Uppingham was also held last night.

A report on the findings of the review will go to cabinet in December, although urgent issues will be dealt with sooner.