Residents’ parking in place by end of year

Kettering: residents of Windermere Road who are unhappy with cars parked in the road.'Friday, 20 May 2011
Kettering: residents of Windermere Road who are unhappy with cars parked in the road.'Friday, 20 May 2011
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Dozens of streets could have residents’ parking schemes introduced within the next six months.

Kettering Council has confirmed its intention to roll out the scheme on 32 streets in the town which are currently being considered or waiting for approval, pending succesful consultation by the end of 2012.

Streets which could have parking permits introduced include Tennyson Road, Meadow Road, Grange Road and Windermere Road, where residents have been campaigning to get a scheme introduced for almost a decade after being plagued by parking issues.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of environmental health at Kettering Council, said: “It is our ambition to put in place the remaining residents’ parking schemes by the end of 2012.”

The council agreed to consult on residents’ parking in various streets in 2009, and will review the scheme’s progress on Monday night.

The council’s own wardens carry out enforcement.

Residents of Windermere Road and Coniston Road were delighted with the news. Tracey Churchill, 45, of Coniston Road, said: “Everyone wants the permits to get finalised because no-one can park outside their house.

“I’d be elated if it came in before the end of the year, because we’ve been asking for so long.

“The problem is staff parking on the road for Kettering General Hospital, it’s all day from 7am.

“Buses always get stuck on Windermere Road.”

Sandra Allen, 56, of Windmere Road, said: “I have to put my bins out to stop cars from parking in front of my house.

“I’ve been told we’ve been asking for this for eight years.”

A petition was given to the council by businesses in Grange Road and Field Street opposed to the scheme.

Jo Henbury, 76, of Field Street, is a member of Kettering Bridge Club, which is based in the road.

She said: “A lot of the members are elderly, and wouldn’t feel safe walking here.

“It isn’t needed on this road.”

It will cost residents £45 to park for a year.