Outrage as council workers hog parking spaces in Mary Stevens Park

Stourbridge News: Mary Stevens Park Mary Stevens Park

ANGRY Stourbridge residents are up arms over the sudden lack of car parking spaces available to them in Mary Stevens Park.

Problems have arisen since Dudley Council's Children's Services department moved into buildings at Mary Stevens Park, bagging most of the car parking spaces in the process.

With the park rapidly reaching peak period for visitors, local residents believe they are being left out in the cold.

Councillor Heather Rogers, chairman of The Friends of Mary Stevens Park, said: "There will have to be a compromise. Ernest Stevens gave the park to the people of Stourbridge and we can't have people from Dudley Council monopolising all the car parking spaces to the detriment of everybody else.

"There is a greater number of council staff using the buildings but there must be some parking made available to the public.

"The park is extremely popular and attracts people from all over Dudley borough - not just Stourbridge. You would be surprised how far people come just to visit the park.

"I chat to people in the park on a regular basis and I'm always amazed just how much the park means to them."

Simon Sims, of Brook Crescent, said: " I walk my dog daily in Mary Stevens Park and find car parking near impossible. I've seen parents having to take their disappointed children elsewhere through parking issues. Surely this is not right.

"I only started using Mary Stevens Park because of the lack of parking spaces at Wollescote Park, due to social services and their staff taking up the parking spaces there."

The parking problems have arisen at a time when Mary Stevens Park is set to benefit from improvements following a successful heritage lottery bid which is only expected to attract even more visitors.

Both the bandstand. and tea garden are in line to be refurbished, while there are plans for a permanent tea room or cafe in the former print room.

Work will also take place on dredging the pool and renovating part of the wall on the Norton Road side of the park.

Cllr Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for children's services, confirmed more social workers had moved onto the Mary Stevens Park site and admitted there was an issue with car parking.

He said: "I know car parking is causing a problem and I would ask people to bare with us. We're trying to upset as few people as possible and I want to do what is best for all parties.

"There are already major car parking problems in the area and it's something we're looking to try and resolve.

"Nobody has priority over anybody else and maybe we will have to do a survey to see what is required."

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11:43am Thu 15 May 14

Stour Valley Rover says...

Pretty sure I won't 'bare' with anybody in a public park.
Pretty sure I won't 'bare' with anybody in a public park. Stour Valley Rover
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Thu 15 May 14

The Villan says...

Councillor Tim Crumpton said "Nobody has priority over anybody else and maybe we will have to do a survey to see what is required."

Well I'm sorry councillor, but that is rather a poor attitude to have. It's a little like shrugging your shoulders once the horse has bolted and the gate wasn't shut. Is the councillor up for re-election? He should be careful how he treats the public.

The council department know they were moving here, they weren't proactive and surprisingly they didn't undertake a case study to see what impact the additional staffing would have on parking. Maybe the staff should car share to reduce the number of spaces required? Or maybe look at a park and ride scheme for their staff?

Whatever the outcome, surely they must ensure parking for the disabled is kept to the maximum and that at least half the spaces are made available to the public.
Councillor Tim Crumpton said "Nobody has priority over anybody else and maybe we will have to do a survey to see what is required." Well I'm sorry councillor, but that is rather a poor attitude to have. It's a little like shrugging your shoulders once the horse has bolted and the gate wasn't shut. Is the councillor up for re-election? He should be careful how he treats the public. The council department know they were moving here, they weren't proactive and surprisingly they didn't undertake a case study to see what impact the additional staffing would have on parking. Maybe the staff should car share to reduce the number of spaces required? Or maybe look at a park and ride scheme for their staff? Whatever the outcome, surely they must ensure parking for the disabled is kept to the maximum and that at least half the spaces are made available to the public. The Villan
  • Score: 3

6:05pm Thu 15 May 14

Russell Eden says...

What's needed is a co-ordinated 'parkathon' one morning. If people could be bothered to get up early they could drive to the park and bag all the parking spaces, then the council workers would have to park elsewhere. It would certainly highlight the issue. After all, there are no priorities.

Or, how about charging the employees £95 each for a permit?
What's needed is a co-ordinated 'parkathon' one morning. If people could be bothered to get up early they could drive to the park and bag all the parking spaces, then the council workers would have to park elsewhere. It would certainly highlight the issue. After all, there are no priorities. Or, how about charging the employees £95 each for a permit? Russell Eden
  • Score: 8

10:09pm Thu 15 May 14

Travelplanner says...

As many employers I expect Dudley MBC promote sustainable transport to staff, however as there are no restrictions in place this enables staff to park in the spaces available. Perhaps the travel plan they have should have some disciplinary elements to deter staff from parking in those spaces meant for those people visiting the park for recreational purposes. In my experience a charge being made is the only way to deter staff..not a popular way to go!
As many employers I expect Dudley MBC promote sustainable transport to staff, however as there are no restrictions in place this enables staff to park in the spaces available. Perhaps the travel plan they have should have some disciplinary elements to deter staff from parking in those spaces meant for those people visiting the park for recreational purposes. In my experience a charge being made is the only way to deter staff..not a popular way to go! Travelplanner
  • Score: -4

4:42pm Fri 16 May 14

hagley resident 42 says...

as with most things in life its a first come first serve basis with the exception of for the disabled who need reserve spaces,so come on folks get up a bit earlier to safe dissapointment
as with most things in life its a first come first serve basis with the exception of for the disabled who need reserve spaces,so come on folks get up a bit earlier to safe dissapointment hagley resident 42
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Sat 17 May 14

viktoria says...

Council workers should be banned from parking in Mary Stevens Park. They can park in the multi-storey car park in town. Presumably, as Council employees, they can get a subsidised parking permit for Council car parks. Then they can walk up to the park - it's only, what, 10 minutes walk.
Council workers should be banned from parking in Mary Stevens Park. They can park in the multi-storey car park in town. Presumably, as Council employees, they can get a subsidised parking permit for Council car parks. Then they can walk up to the park - it's only, what, 10 minutes walk. viktoria
  • Score: 2

9:48pm Sat 17 May 14

Mr Lees says...

let me get this right Simon Simms Live on Brook crescent which is 100 feet away from Wollescote park but can't park to walk his dog......some is a bit fishy here. My advice to Simon would be walk your dog that extra 100feet and leave your car at home and stop talking wet!
let me get this right Simon Simms Live on Brook crescent which is 100 feet away from Wollescote park but can't park to walk his dog......some is a bit fishy here. My advice to Simon would be walk your dog that extra 100feet and leave your car at home and stop talking wet! Mr Lees
  • Score: 5

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