‘It’s a nightmare around here…’ – Families celebrate as council to create 24 parking spaces in this Stoke-on-Trent street


Families are celebrating after a council approved plans to create parking bays outside their homes.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to tear up the grassed areas on Marlow Road, Longton, to make way for the 24 parking spaces.

Residents say the move will end their parking ‘nightmare’.

Barbara Clunn, aged 61, of Marlow Road, said: “Parking here is ridiculous. It is a nightmare. Cars and vans park on the grass and the road is so narrow. When the houses were built there were not many cars on the road.

Barbara Clunn, aged 61, welcomes parking bays being created in front of her bungalow in Marlow Road, Longton

“Hopefully I will have my own parking space and it will be more practical to have parking bays.

“Quite a few of the residents have mobility issues and it can be a problem in the winter when it is frosty underfoot. One neighbour slipped trying to go down to a taxi.”

Neighbour Kelvin Eccleston, aged 69, said: “I’m in favour of it because a lot of cars currently park on the pavement and the grass. I am disabled and I can’t get past them. They chew up the grass and make such a mess.

Kathleen ONeill (left) and Honor Nutt welcome parking bays being created on grass in front of their homes in Marlow Road, Longton.

“If I go out at weekends I have to go on the road because I can’t get on the pavement. But if they park properly in bays I will have better access in my disabled scooter.”

Honor Nutt, aged 72, said: “I am really pleased about it. The parking is terrible at the moment as there are too many cars and vans.”

Neighbour Kathleen O’Neill, aged 59, added: “The vans and cars park on the grass and chew the verges up. I welcome the grass being turned into parking bays. It will be brilliant to have my own space.

“Sometimes I have to park down the street and I have to carry my shopping up the street.”

But Norman Elkin, aged 72, is against the parking bays being introduced.

Norman Elkin, aged 72, of Marlow Road, Longton, is against grass in front of his bungalow being converted into parking bays

He said: “I’m going to have headlights shining in my living room when they park up at night. It is nice to look out on the green. I would be happy if it stayed as it was.”

Council planners sent out 65 letters to affected residents and received no objections.

Their report states: “Marlow Road is quite narrow and vehicles are already parking on the grass verges.”





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