After a long campaign by a group of West Didsbury residents, Manchester City Council is currently undertaking a consultation entitled "Environmental Improvement and Residents Parking Scheme Proposals".
If the proposals get the go ahead they will have a wide ranging impact on the Burton Road area and much of West Didsbury.
The council are in the process of finalising a scheme that they have said will bring relief to many residents who find it difficult to park near their own houses due to the demands for free parking spots near to Withington Community Hospital and the shops, cafes and bars of Burton Road. West Didsbury's Withington Community Hospital has a large carpark which is not free to use and as such many avoid using it.
Under the proposals, people who live in the area would be offered parking badges which will allow them to park in reserved areas. Those who do not live locally will have to park in new bays and pay for on street parking.
The scheme would be the first of its kind in South Manchester and would include:
Disley Avenue • Buxton Avenue • Matlock Avenue • Cavendish Avenue • Perrygate Avenue • Leopard Avenue • Cavendish Road • Moordale Street • Pandora Street • Cresswell Grove • Talford Grove • Burton Road • Vicker Grove • Beaufort Avenue • Montrose Avenue • Orchard Street • Orchard Grove • Northern Grove • Nell Lane • Arley Avenue • Bottersford Avenue • Tintern Avenue • Stratford Avenue • Kenilworth Avenue • Warwick Avenue • Fielden Road • Leamington Avenue • Walsingham Avenue • Barlow Moor Road • Barlow Moor Court • Moorfield Road
As you can see from the list of affected streets this is a large scheme and not something to take lightly. We encourage anyone who lives, works or visits Burton Road or the West Didsbury area to ensure they read all the available documentation and then make your opinion know via a consultation form.
The deadline for submitting your consultation feedback is the 15th April 2011.
You can find out more about the scheme on the Manchester City Council website or download various documents in pdf format:
Please see below for consultation form (feedback) information...
The Save West Didsbury Campaign
A growing group of local businesses and residents have found what appear to be glaring holes in the proposals, and as such have started a campaign to ensure that the scheme doesn't go ahead in it's current form, which they believe will have a great negative effect on the many independent businesses based in the area.
On the campaign website you can keep informed about the latest updates, find out more about the campaign and download relevant documents (including the consultation form you should complete and return).
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