I sympathise with Louise Wilcockson’s difficulties trying to park close to Hunters Bar (Letters 25 May). Ecclesall Rd is changing. A rapid conversion of shops to cafes, restaurants and bars brings people to the area in the evening rather than during the day. It’s now a permanent traffic jam with dangerous air quality and lacking safe travel alternatives to car use.
It needs to be noted that meter parking is linked to the timing of residents parking schemes. Dover Rd, mentioned by Louise, is in an 8.30pm zone recognising close proximity to many licensed premises like Nonna’s that draw people to the area in the early evening. The recent addition of the 800 capacity Pointing Dog at the bottom of Dover Rd has added significantly to parking issues in that area. Residents often struggle to find a space within 400 yards of their house when returning home after 8.30pm.
Excessive parking charges and over zealous traffic wardens will drive customers away – as Louise points out. But residents parking schemes, with small variations for each scheme suitable to each location, work well in offering required protection to the many residents who live in side roads off Ecclesall Rd.
Cllr Magid Magid
Broomhill & Sharrow Vale Green Party