by Catherine Rock, representing King Edward Road on the Moseley Parking Strategy Steering Group
On 11 April 2016 a steering group met to discuss parking in Moseley. It was the first time we had all got together although we had been in touch by email over the past 12 months.
Councillor Claire Spencer has kindly agreed to chair the group, which currently has residents’ representatives from Church Avenue, King Edward Road, and Tudor/Leighton/Farquhar Road. A representative for Moseley businesses would be welcome.
The remit of the group is to develop a strategy to create more parking space in Moseley village, especially for residents. The reason we are focusing on Moseley village, or central Moseley, is that this area is where businesses are clustered amidst residential streets. Over the past few years the impact of the changes in central Moseley has put pressure on parking, especially street parking, that was already squeezed. And before anyone says “If you are so concerned about parking, then move”, the residents on the group are not anti-business! We recognise that Moseley is a popular place for nightlife, and has a Farmers’ Market that draws in visitors and traders, all of which makes Moseley a vibrant place to live. But for those of us who do not have off-street parking, finding a parking space can be very stressful on a daily basis, especially in the evening and at weekends.
Some of the aims of the strategy are longer-term and fit with wider transport planning, such as the possibility of Moseley train station reopening. Also we have started thinking about space that is ‘spare’ outside of working hours or surplus, where local employers or landowners might be willing to come to an arrangement.
One of the first priorities is to look at a ‘controlled parking zone’ for the centre of Moseley. This would set aside roads that lead off from the A435 as a controlled parking zone, with permits for those residents who need to park on the public highway. Having residents’ parking is already operating in various places across Birmingham.
If you would like to know more about the plans of the steering group, or wish to recommend people to join, please contact Councillor Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org.