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Chinley parking dispute, some of the residents of Green Lane
Chinley parking dispute, some of the residents of Green Lane
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PARKING problems have divided a small residential community in Chinley.

Calls have been made for parking restrictions to be imposed at the junction of Belgrade Avenue and Green Lane.

It comes after concerns were raised over visibility for drivers and pedestrians using the junction as a result of parked cars, and concerning access for refuse collection vehicles.

The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of Belgrade Avenue Neighbourhood Watch, held in the village’s Parish Rooms.

A group spokesperson said: “All the residents of Belgrade Avenue want is for the law to be upheld so drivers, pedestrians and children can be safe.

“At present it is not nuisance parking, it is life-threatening parking.”

Bill Smith, representing Chinley & Buxworth Parish Council, told the meeting that, while the matter was being looked into, there was currently no money to provide a solution.

Several residents suggested parking facilities could be provided for Green Lane residents on a small section of council-owned land at Derwent Square, on a permit basis.

A request was also made for traffic calming measures to be installed on Green Lane and Lower Lane to curb speeding vehicles.

“If the development at the old Dorma site goes ahead the volume of traffic, including heavy goods vehicles, will make the situation even more dangerous,” added the spokesperson.

However, Sally Barnett, who has lived on Green Lane for the past 15 months, said parking on her street was already a free-for-all, with residents not guaranteed a spot outside their homes and having to compete with visitors and rail commuters.

“People have parked there for years and there has never been a problem, never been an accident,” she explained.

“Putting double yellow lines there will only cause more problems, by displacing cars on to neighbouring streets.”