It’s the end of the road for park-and-shoppers

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People power has put an end to years of misery for residents living in Chorley’s parking hot-spots.

Residents have been left fuming by shoppers and workers who have been parking in Hamilton Road and Alker Street.

Mum-of-two Vanessa Bradley, who lives on Hamilton Road, took matters into her own hands when she started putting traffic cones outside her gate in a bid to stop people parking there, but her efforts proved fruitless.

Now, after months of campaigning for change, Vanessa and her neighbours are overjoyed that Lancashire County Council has decided to make the road a ‘residents only’ area on one side, and restricted to one-hour parking on the other side.

She said. “It’s such a relief to know that I’ll be guaranteed a space outside my house when I come home from work or from visiting relatives.”

Vanessa and husband Alistair have lived on Hamilton Road for eight years and motorists have been parking there and on nearby Alker Street, Carrington Road and Devonshire Road to avoid town centre parking charges.

Now, there will also be residents-only parking on Alker Street as part of the move, and council workers have started laying new road markings to let people know about the scheme.

Residents of nearby Carrington Road and Devonshire Road were also consulted on whether they would like residents’ parking but the majority did not support introducing a scheme.

Phil Tran, senior highways engineer at Lancashire County Council, said: “A residents’ parking scheme is being put in place on Hamilton Road and Alker Street in response to concerns from residents that they are finding it difficult to park near their homes.

“Before deciding whether to go ahead we formally consulted residents on their views and the majority supported introducing a permit scheme.

“We think the scheme strikes the right balance between providing the opportunity to park for people who live on the street as well as for non-residents.”