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By Brett O’Reilly – Labour candidate for Northfield

As Longbridge takes its first steps towards regeneration, the local community is growing in optimism, vision and ambition in a way not seen since the demise of The Rover Plant.

Amid the excitement of this most positive regeneration project, Birmingham City Council, currently led by the ConDem Coallition, appear to have missed on small detail…. PARKING!

This issue has been simmering for some time in the roads surrounding Longbridge Lane and The Bristol Road South, however our Conservative Councillors have remained notoriously quiet on the issue.

I have been in contact with one resident who, on one occassion, was trapped on their own drive as there was not enough space to get their car out. Businesses in the area will inevitably be hit as commuters continue to park outside shops for 8 hours at a time as there is no alternative parking for Longbridge Train Station.

Aside from the obvious inconveniences, there is a real safety issue as this area is a thoroughfare for a plethora of schools and it is becoming increasingly dangerous for children who are having to navigate through a maze of traffic and parked cars.

It is for this reason that myself, as the Labour Candidate for Northfield Ward, together with our Longbridge Councillors, Andrew Cartwright and Ian Cruise, have started a campaign for improved parking around the redevelopment site and surrounding areas.

Both Cllr Cartwright and Cllr Cruise are part of the regeneration board for Longbridge and will be pressing local government for action on the issue.

We will also be launching a petition this weekend which we hope will force, at the very least, debate in the Council Chamber.

Please join us in taking action, whether you are a resident, business, employee or commuter and get behind the campaign for improved parking at Longbridge.

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Read more – Longbridge residents ‘upset’ at college parking



  1. My son ashley was run over on sunbury road 2 years ago due to the fact that he had no choice but to cross the road between parked cars, luckily he survived but he was badly injured and hospitalised. I fear it will take a childs death for something to be done properly..

  2. It isn’t just Sunbury Road or Longbridge Lane that is suffering from itinerant parking by staff/students of the new college. The flats on Bristol Road South between the Jobcentre and the Technology Park are also suffering the same fate. The college do not seem to be overly concerned nor do the council who referred me to the police who referred me back to the council. £1 per day to park in a secure, if temporary carpark is cheap.

    I was advised by the Estates Manager at the new college that it was hoped that people would use public transport to get to the college which is why no parking provision was made. It would make sense to me to build a proper park and ride facility and the ideal spot for this would be the soon to be demolished houses on Longbridge Lane on the approach to the station…far better to build a park & ride instead of a supermarket.

    The dumping of cars by staff and students is a blight and something should be done.

  3. Has there been any update on this? I occasionally use the College in the evenings and whoever designed the entrance and parking arrangements must have been taking some kind of sick and twisted personal revenge against local people.

    There’s no signposting on the approach from Longbridge Station, other than for a non-existent Sainsbury’s and some St Modwen promotional buff. I took a wild guess and turned left at the lights to be confronted with a wide, unmarked tarmaced avenue littered with cars and dazed pedestrians. Being disabled, I was looking for the disabled parking area ‘by the back door’ – wherever that was. I persevered, noting the lack of signage or directions, and continued round the ‘back’ (it’s actually the front) of the college. There I was confronted by a scene from a typical Greek street: a cornucopia of vehicles parked at all angles on what I presumed to be decorative sidewalks and pedestrian areas. I continued along the avenue and nearly mowed down a number of pedestrians as they – quite rightly – stumbled in the dark along the pedestrian area. Where the ‘road’ stops and the pedestrian area begins is invisible in the dark. There are no markings, no barriers, no warnings.

    I managed to talk them out of beating me to death and continued in my quest. A man in a uniform watched me, suspicion in his eyes, as I turned around. He guarded what appeared to be a delivery area. Behind him were minibuses. Hope sprang in my heart. I headed towards him and, success! Waving my hard-earned disabled parking badge (and that’s another very long and complicated story involving six months, three formal complaints and the involvement of Richard Burden MP) at him I entered a secret parking area known only to the staff and the brave.

    I managed to find one disabled space not taken by contractor vans and tried to find the ‘back door’. Once again, there were no signs telling me where to go and the main entrance is a long walk when you have mobility issues. I hobbled and limped past the handful of disabled bays and then large number of non-disabled bays that are actually nearer to the ‘back door’ than the disabled bays. There I found some glass doors behind which stood a number of bemused sports enthiasts about to go for a jog. They let me in and the rest of my tale I’m saving for another time.

    I still go to the college. I now park by the main entrance, much to the annoyance of the security staff, like all the other confused visitors.


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