St Pauls' residents to discuss permit parking scheme
PERMIT parking could be extended into St Paul's to ease congestion in the area.
People living in the neighbourhood said its narrow streets were clogged with cars as many people used at as a free place to park as they pop into the town centre.
With nearby North Place set to be developed into homes and a supermarket, they have expressed concerns the effect could be disastrous.
A Gloucestershire Highways chief will meet residents next week to discuss plans to open a consultation into any parking changes that are needed.
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Brian Burrows, 69, who lives in St Paul's Road, said: "It can be very bad for parking around here.
"Some people park here because we're very near town and we've also got students and residents competing for spaces.
"We've got quite narrow streets as it is and, sometimes, if you've got cars on both sides of the road, it's difficult to get through.
"I don't know whether permit parking is the right solution, but certainly it is something we would like to find out more about."
Councillor Andrew Lansley (LD, St Paul's) welcomed next week's meeting, saying it would give residents a chance to voice their concerns.
"This has been a long time coming," he said. "St Paul's has a high-density population and a very high density of vehicles parked here. It's right that residents have a chance to determine parking in their area."
Mr Lansley refused to venture an opinion on whether permit parking for residents was the answer.
"I'm not a parking expert," he added. "But it's inevitable that any large development, such as the one at North Place, will impact on us."
Jim Daniels, parking manager at Gloucestershire Highways, will attend the St Paul's Road Area Residents Association meeting next Thursday.
He said: "We are going along to the meeting to have a discussion with residents about the parking problems they have reported to us.
"We need to be clear on what residents would be prepared to consider to help resolve the issues, as well as what they definitely wouldn't consider.
"This way we hope to come up with a parking solution which will be accepted."
The meeting will be in the Herrington Room at 6pm.