Residents raise concerns over parking crackdown

Residents in Edmonton Way, Oakham, who want Rutland County Council to sort out parking problems on their road.'Photo: MSMP210513-014ow
Residents in Edmonton Way, Oakham, who want Rutland County Council to sort out parking problems on their road.'Photo: MSMP210513-014ow
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Residents have expressed concerns about how new parking restrictions in Oakham will affect the roads where they live.

People in Edmonton Way and the surrounding streets fear that more motorists will choose to park in their roads when Rutland County Council put a single yellow line in neighbouring Stamford Road, preventing parking during the day.

The council acted after people in Stamford Road complained about workers parking there.

More than 60 people attended a residents’ meeting at Energie Fitness for Women, in Long Row, on Tuesday evening. A committee was set up with the aim of contacting the county council about the problem.

Edmonton Way resident Guy Meade, 47, who organised the meeting and is on the committee, said: “I was pleasantly surprised by how many people turned up and I guess it shows how strongly people feel about the issue.

“There really are some strong concerns because we have enough cars parking here already and the problem will get worse when Stamford Road is restricted.

“It can be very dangerous with cars parking so close to junctions and the road is really narrow so the emergency services may be blocked off at busy times.

“We feel like we haven’t been taken into account and we want to make the council aware of the problems.

“We are not anti-council but the issue really does need to be addressed.”

Peter Bax, 65, who lives in Edmonton Way and went to Tuesday’s meeting, said: “These roads really aren’t built for on-street parking.

“There is no room for two cars to pass each other when there is a car parked on the road.

“It already gets quite congested near the junction with Stamford Road and it will become more of an issue 
when the restrictions are placed.

“There are many junctions and busy footpaths around the way and when visibility becomes a problem because of the congestion it will be more dangerous.

“The meeting was a good way of gauging the consensus to see how we can move forward. I can’t see an easy solution but the council needs to understand the problem.”

Residents in Stamford Road had been calling for restrictions along their road for nearly three years. Problems arose after the council reduced the number of spaces for staff at its car park in Catmose.

Councillors voted to have a yellow line painted along the road so people cannot park there between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday, at a county council cabinet meeting earlier this month.

Mr Meade said the committee was looking to contact the council in the next few days.