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HIT BY A SURGE: Parking permit area proposals

HIT BY A SURGE: Parking permit area proposals

Marine Terrace where Residents backed the introduction of some kind of permit scheme, Image: Google Maps

Roads hit by a surge in parking since the start of the pandemic are unlikely to be granted permission for new residents parking schemes, council documents suggest.

Numerous areas of Sefton’s coast, including Ainsdale, Formby, Crosby and Waterloo, have seen a huge increase in visitors in the past 18 months as people look to take advantage of their beaches.

It has led at times to chaotic scenes , with residents complaining of having their drives blocked and facing difficulty moving through roads.

However, a new council report reveals that a new parking permit zone for one of the affected areas is unlikely to be granted, with Sefton Council instead set to focus on improving visitor facilities, including parking, around some of the beaches themselves.

Residents on a number of roads in Waterloo have submitted a petition to the council’s licensing and regulatory committee to set up a permit parking scheme in the area in response to a rise in parking there.

A petition showed residents on Marine Terrace, Bath Street and Marine Crescent backed the introduction of some kind of permit scheme.

However, in a response to the petition officers said that the council moved in 2011 to limit the introduction of permit parking schemes in most circumstances and warned that sporadic introduction of such programmes could worsen issues elsewhere.

Officers said multiple areas along the borough’s coast grappled with issues associated with visitors parking close to beaches.

The report said: “This has been exacerbated quite dramatically during lockdowns associated with Covid-19 and has resulted in complaints from residents in all roads adjoining Crosby Marine Park, not just the two mentioned in the petition, as well as roads in Blundellsands, Formby and Ainsdale.

“Members will appreciate that introducing restrictions on one or two roads will simply exacerbate problems on adjoining roads.

“Any scheme aimed at controlling visitor parking must be looked at in an holistic manner, and should not be provided in isolation to the detriment of adjoining residents and Wards.”

The report added that there were medium to long term aspirations to improve facilities around the borough’s major beaches but said these were reliant on securing external funding.

The licensing and regulatory committee will meet on Monday to discuss the report.


Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter

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