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Residents back parking plan to clear roads of commuters

Parking problems on Marshall Road in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Parking problems on Marshall Road in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Residents in the Queen Edith's area of Cambridge have given a strong show of support to proposals for a residents' parking scheme.

A consultation carried out by Cambridgeshire County Council revealed that more than 60 per cent of households backed the council’s proposals to introduce new parking restrictions.

The area covered by the survey included the streets between Hills Road, Cherry Hinton Road, Blinco Grove and Marshall Road, which are all heavily used by commuters for parking.

The council’s findings followed the results of a survey carried out in November last year by Liberal Democrat county councillor Amanda Taylor – it also showed there was a desire for a scheme.

Cllr Taylor told the Cambridge Independent: “We get everyone parking here. We get students from the sixth-form college from morning until night and people from Homerton, builders and other trade people, hospital staff and visitors.

“We also get people going to Cambridge Leisure. Many residents have told me they struggle to park in their own street, and we also have vehicles parked on the pavement in some streets.

“It means that people have to walk in the road. The parking has intensified recently, with more and more building works – but that is likely to be a continuing trend. The Conservatives’ parking charges at the park and ride sites also haven’t helped.”

She added: “I am pleased that the consultation has delivered a clear result, and I would like to thank the county council officers for their work on carrying it out, and for the work they have put into their proposals, as well as thank all the people who took part.”

There were more than 100 comments, which the council is considering as part of its final steps.

It will publish a summary, along with the results, later this month.

The next step will be for the council to formally advertise its proposals. If the changes are approved, it is hoped that a scheme can be implemented by the summer.

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