Council bosses apologise over car parking chaos in Stourbridge park

Stourbridge News: Council bosses apologise over car parking chaos in Stourbridge park Council bosses apologise over car parking chaos in Stourbridge park

BOROUGH council bosses have apologised for the current car parking chaos which has been created since children's services moved into council offices at Mary Stevens Park.

A total of 250 additional staff have been switched to the Stourbridge site, snapping up all the car parking spaces in the process.

The move has left little space for visitors to the park, which has enraged local residents.

Norton Councillor Colin Elcock condemned the situation and claimed: "There are now more staff there than parking spaces. At most, there is only 130 parking places.

"As a result, council staff have taken to parking in the surrounding streets such as Stanley Road, Albermarle Road, Witton Street and Heath Lane.

"The situation is so bad that it takes some staff between half an hour and three quarters of an hour to find a place to park, which has left many of them disgruntled.

"Consequently there is no parking places available for people wishing to visit the park.

"I understand that the council have to cut costs. They own 24 different sites around the borough and they have moved staff from12 to 15 of them.

"Some will be sold off, others they rented and I believe the move to Mary Stevens Park will save £400,000, which I and my fellow ward councillors applaud, but it's to the detriment of Mary Stevens Park".

With the school summer holidays about to begin, residents now fear the car parking situation will only worsen and council bosses this week said sorry.

Cllr Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for life long learning and children's services, said: "I apologise to everyone who has been put out. We're doing all we can behind the scenes to ensure the public get a fair share of car parking spaces, but there are very good reasons for moving staff to Mary Stevens Park.

"Unfortunately the car parking situation wasn't looked into well enough.

"We are looking at alternative places to park, but there has always been difficulty parking in Stourbridge."

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1:43pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Craig Lees says...

Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough.

The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift.

Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you.

Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton
Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough. The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift. Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you. Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton Craig Lees
  • Score: -6

1:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Too little and a too late Cllr Crumpton.

When the council were deciding to move services one would have thought part of that process would be numbers of staff involved and available parking, local facilities etc.

In this instance, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that an extra 250 staff were going to cause parking issues in the park and surrounding streets.

To say the car parking wasn't looked into well enough is simply not good enough, it's very poor and the person/people responsible should have their backsides kicked!

Proactive is so much better than reactive!
Too little and a too late Cllr Crumpton. When the council were deciding to move services one would have thought part of that process would be numbers of staff involved and available parking, local facilities etc. In this instance, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that an extra 250 staff were going to cause parking issues in the park and surrounding streets. To say the car parking wasn't looked into well enough is simply not good enough, it's very poor and the person/people responsible should have their backsides kicked! Proactive is so much better than reactive! The Villan
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Craig Lees wrote:
Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough.

The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift.

Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you.

Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton
So what about the residents who live near the park? Should they have to put up with the inconvenience of council workers blocking their roads between 8am to 6pm with their cars?

I'm sure they won't be applauding the Cllr or the council!
[quote][p][bold]Craig Lees[/bold] wrote: Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough. The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift. Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you. Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton[/p][/quote]So what about the residents who live near the park? Should they have to put up with the inconvenience of council workers blocking their roads between 8am to 6pm with their cars? I'm sure they won't be applauding the Cllr or the council! The Villan
  • Score: 5

11:25am Fri 18 Jul 14

Sam Vimes says...

Is this the same council that floated a residents permit scheme to completely fail to address the problem of visitors parking in the surrounding streets? Fantastic stuff.
Is this the same council that floated a residents permit scheme to completely fail to address the problem of visitors parking in the surrounding streets? Fantastic stuff. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 2

7:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

QBforever says...

Are these council staff being given free parking? After all shoppers in Dudleys towns are told that they must pay parking fees which have just gone up. No wonder our grasping councillors aren't bothered by excessive charges its another freebie for them.
Are these council staff being given free parking? After all shoppers in Dudleys towns are told that they must pay parking fees which have just gone up. No wonder our grasping councillors aren't bothered by excessive charges its another freebie for them. QBforever
  • Score: 1

11:49pm Sat 19 Jul 14

viktoria says...

Unless staff have a disability or need to park near the office they should park in the Ryemarket car park (which is managed by the Council anyway) and walk up to the park. It's only, what, 10 minutes?

Or better still, the Council could take over some of the acres of empty office and retail space in the centre of Stourbridge - they might actually help to regenerate the town a bit.
Unless staff have a disability or need to park near the office they should park in the Ryemarket car park (which is managed by the Council anyway) and walk up to the park. It's only, what, 10 minutes? Or better still, the Council could take over some of the acres of empty office and retail space in the centre of Stourbridge - they might actually help to regenerate the town a bit. viktoria
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Craig Lees says...

The Villan wrote:
Craig Lees wrote:
Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough.

The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift.

Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you.

Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton
So what about the residents who live near the park? Should they have to put up with the inconvenience of council workers blocking their roads between 8am to 6pm with their cars?

I'm sure they won't be applauding the Cllr or the council!
In simple terms yes.

The roads won't be blocked, I've sure you've been told a million times in the past not to exaggerate.
[quote][p][bold]The Villan [/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Craig Lees[/bold] wrote: Personally I don't think the council have anything to apologise for. They are doing a difficult job in managing how the savings that are being demanded are passed onto the residents of the borough. The same parking issues occur at Stevens Park in Wollescote and we just have to live with the fact that if we want to keep our council tax bills at the rate they are our council staff have to use the facilities that they have within their gift. Austerity is austerity and if if means people have to walk to the park the suck it up smile and have a stroll to the park thats nearest to you. Keep up the good work Mr Crumpton[/p][/quote]So what about the residents who live near the park? Should they have to put up with the inconvenience of council workers blocking their roads between 8am to 6pm with their cars? I'm sure they won't be applauding the Cllr or the council![/p][/quote]In simple terms yes. The roads won't be blocked, I've sure you've been told a million times in the past not to exaggerate. Craig Lees
  • Score: -1

7:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Craig, I haven't been told once, let alone a million times not to exaggerate.

The truth of the matter is council workers are parking on surrounding roads, which by their nature are narrow hence parking spaces are at a premium.

Therefore, residents are being inconvenienced due to p##s poor planning by the incumbents who decided to move 250 staff, who have admitted they made a mistake. But it's a bit Kate to shut the gate once the horse has bolted!

You took your time to respond and your sycophantic view is viewed badly, hence the negative score. Democracy at its best.
Craig, I haven't been told once, let alone a million times not to exaggerate. The truth of the matter is council workers are parking on surrounding roads, which by their nature are narrow hence parking spaces are at a premium. Therefore, residents are being inconvenienced due to p##s poor planning by the incumbents who decided to move 250 staff, who have admitted they made a mistake. But it's a bit Kate to shut the gate once the horse has bolted! You took your time to respond and your sycophantic view is viewed badly, hence the negative score. Democracy at its best. The Villan
  • Score: 1

7:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Late not 'Kate' .......whoops!
Late not 'Kate' .......whoops! The Villan
  • Score: 1

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