New double yellow lines are to be introduced on streets next to Stamford Park, despite residents' fears it will leave them nowhere to park near their homes.
Tameside’s planning committee has agreed to introduce waiting restrictions on sections of Astley Road, Ash Grove, Stamford Grove, Norman Road, and West Street in Stalybridge.
The measures were prompted by ‘many years’ of parking problems, according to the council, from people leaving vehicles on the streets to access Stamford Park, Tameside Hospital, West Hill Secondary School and Stalybridge Railway Station.
Since 2018 the town hall has consulted twice on introducing a residents only parking scheme, but both times the poll did not reach the required level of 50 per cent in favour to be implemented.
However residents have objected to the latest plans with two petitions against the measures lodged from residents on Stamford Grove and West Street.
Paul Guerin addressed the panel on behalf of residents opposed to the waiting restrictions.
He said they believed the intention of the new double yellows was to get more people to use the nearby council owned Darnton Road car park.
That car park was projected to have generated just £7k in income during the 2019/20 financial year.
“We firmly believe that the implementation of the proposal has nothing to do with the concerns of residents in the area, and is nothing more than a ruse by the council to try and increase the usage of the Darnton Road car park,” Mr Guerin said.
“This car park has proved to be a white elephant and an embarrassment to the council – a car park which is unkempt and has a warranted reputation for vandalism to which the current state of the pay and display machine is testament.
“Residents only parking has been an issue for a long time and we fully understand that we have not achieved the 50pc poll target required to implement this.
“Just because this did not happen does not mean the council should trample roughshod over the residents.”
He added that 23 houses on Stamford Grove that did not have off road parking or driveways would ‘not be able to park in the vicinity of their own homes’.
“This is not an acceptable situation to put any residents in,” Mr Guerin added.
Stalybridge South Coun Doreen Dickinson said: “It seems very heavy handed this. I know it’s a problem because I know Stamford Park.
“But if you had two small children and you went shopping and you came back could you get your car near your house so you could unload your shopping and look after your children?”
She added that the car park should be better signposted because ‘you’re on top of it before you know it’s a car park’.
Jody Hawkins, highways manager responsible for traffic, agreed that there should be better signage for the car park, but said that people could legally load and unload their vehicles on double yellow lines.
“Whether you could actually park outside your house is another matter,” she added.
“The scheme has come about by people objecting to people parking on the whole area, people can’t get off their drives because the parking is so bad, they can’t come out of junctions because it’s so bad.
“We know that the refuse freighter can’t always get down Stamford Grove to load – people need their bins emptying.
“I believe that this is a happy medium allowing people to use the park, and park overnight as residents and leave other areas completely unaffected.
“The council doesn’t have to provide a parking area for people to put their vehicles on street. It is difficult but safety is the underlying element of the whole scheme.”
The new restrictions would see no waiting at any time on sections of Astley Road, Ash Grove, Stamford Grove, Norman Road, and West Street.
And there would be limited waiting of up to four hours from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm with no return with four hours on parts of the south side of Stamford Grove.
These restrictions would be in place from the Easter Bank Holiday weekend until September 30.
The proposals were approved unanimously by councillors.