On behalf of city centre residents, I have written today to the Parking Section, of Birmingham City Council objecting to their proposals to limit on-street car parking. We have asked them to withdraw their proposals and engage with residents before introducing on-street car parking changes.
The essence of our objection is:-
There are many residents of developments particularly within the core city centre who do not have any allocated parking. These changes will disproportionally affect these residents as they have no alternative to on-street parking after work on weekdays, and all day on Sunday.
These proposals will seriously diminish the overall vitality of the city centre. The imposition of charging is short-sighted and runs the risk of forcing shoppers and users of the night time economy to out of town developments such as Merry Hill and the Fort where car parking is free.
These measures also discourage people attending meetings in the evenings, such as community related meetings in the council house – e.g. Resilience meetings and other instances of community engagement.
We should be seeking to achieve a vibrant and busy city centre which consequently feels safer and not impose deterrents to visitors and residents.
(Deputy Chair, City Centre Neighbourhood Forum)