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.