Residents close to the new Bournville College on Longbridge Lane are concerned about the increased number of parked cars in their streets.
A b31.org.uk reader contacted us to let us know about the problem.
On-street parking on and around Sunbury Road and Thurleston Road in Longbridge has increased since the college opened. The car park on Bristol Road South, provided by site developers St Modwen, charges £1 per day to users yet staff and students alike seem reluctant to pay and many have instead been parking on the streets surrounding the college.
Locals have endured parking problems for years, with many people using Longbridge Station parking in residential areas nearby and the increase that has come from the college has caused extra strain in what is already a congested area.
The daughter of one resident told us: “Residents are very upset at this, especially due to the disruption the development has already caused them – remember how long it would take to travel from Longbridge Lane on to Bristol Road?”
Local man John Drennan said: “Students and staff park in all the side roads at the end of Longbridge Lane – they show no respect or courtesy for the residents, double parking, on paths, even across drives. I sometimes have to park 100 yards from my house.”
Brett O’Reilly, Labour party candidate for Northfield in next year’s council elections, has started a petition in an attempt to help residents pressure Birmingham City Council to find a solution. Sign the petition He believes parking facilities have been overlooked in the Longbridge town centre plans. He has written a guest post on the issue here.
Brett said: “”It is my sheer disbelief at the lack of action from the Coallition council and furthermore, my empathy for the Longbridge community which has led me to launch a campaign for improvement in parking around the Longbridge redevelopment site. The lack of parking is a nuisance for local residents, an inconvenience for local businesses and commuters alike and a real safety hazard to anyone, especially children, who are forced to navigate between a maze of parked cars and traffic.
Mike Murray, Senior Development Surveyor for St. Modwen, said: “As part of the development of Bournville College, St. Modwen has built a 500 space car park to be used until the town centre development has been completed. Although temporary, this car park benefits from 24 hour security, lighting and is open seven days a week to the public. We do not believe that the £1 a day charge is unreasonable for the quality of car park provided when compared to other car parks within the area.
“We, together with Bournville College are working with Birmingham City Council who are aware of the increased parking levels since the College opened and are actively monitoring it,” he added
John Drennan sent us some photos of students’ and staff’s cars parked on Sunbury Road (by Longbridge Station) and Thurlestone Road (click images for larger):
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