Annesley residents fear parking chaos near Sherwood Business Park

NMAC11-2034-1'From left Ben Collier, Peter Olko and Councillor Don Davis, protest about parking in Annesley

NMAC11-2034-1'From left Ben Collier, Peter Olko and Councillor Don Davis, protest about parking in Annesley

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ANNESLEY residents have criticised proposals by Nottinghamshire County Council to put double yellow lines around Sherwood Business Park.

The authority has outlined plans to restrict parking around Sherwood Business Park - but villagers say the move would lead to more workers parking in residential areas and that congestion could prevent people from parking at the doctor’s surgery or local shops.

Forest Road resident Peter Olko, who is chairman of ACCESS (Annesley Community Committed to Ensuring Sustainable Settlements) said that bosses at the park needed to take responsibility for the shortage of parking spaces.

He says: “Their business is up to them. We are trying to enjoy the quiet - we are not a suburb of Sherwood Business Park.”

Instead, he suggested that firms could use parking spaces at unoccupied buildings within the estate and that more spaces could be created on grass verges.

He added that the council needed to consider how many cars at the park would be displaced if restrictions were brought in.

Vice-chairman of ACCESS Bob Collier added: “The perfect solution is to open up properties with massive carparks.”

He added that he and Peter counted 168 cars parked on the roads within the business park at lunch time on Thursday - and they witnessed a minor accident involving a lorry and a parked car.

He added that householders did not want to see parking restrictions imposed around the village because this could also damage trade.

The residents’ concerns were echoed by Ashfield District Councillor Don Davis who said that parking was already a ‘huge problem’ around the site - and that double yellow lines would aggravate it.

He said: “You are better off managing traffic on the estate rather than in a residential area.”

The county council’s traffic manager Peter Goode said: “The scheme is intended to address the difficulties experienced by buses and lorries gaining access to the business park, bus stops and specific premises.

“ It is in the early stages of development and informal consultation is in progress with occupants of the business park.

“Every effort will be made to avoid displacement into residential areas and, in fact, part of the scheme will formalise restrictions which have already been implemented through informal use of cones and, therefore, will not displace any current parking.

“The introduction of a new bus service will also provide greater opportunity for workers to travel by public transport and will help reduce the demand for car parking.”

Anyone with concerns can email Coun Davis at cllr.d.davis@ashfield-dc.gov.uk.