Nottingham

Clifton parking problems to be tackled

New parking restrictions could be brought in to tackle congested sideroads in a Nottingham suburb.

Residents in Clifton said a new accommodation block for more than 700 students at the nearby Nottingham Trent University had increased problems.

Some people said they have had drives blocked and cars struggle to get down roads because of double parking.

The city council now wants to bring in restrictions in the Clifton village, Fabis Drive and Rivergreen areas.

One Clifton woman, who did not want to be named, said a car had blocked her driveway when she needed to get to hospital after going into labour.

Residents' views

Others said the parking congestion made it nearly impossible to find a safe place to cross the road.

But some residents said the restrictions, which include parking limits of up to one hour and some residents-only zones, would just push the problems into other areas.

The university said students who lived in the city were only allowed to park on campus if they had a disability, caring commitments, or did not live on a bus route.

A spokesperson said: "We have been working very closely with members of the Clifton Village Residents' Association, the city council and the police with regards to this issue and we support the proposed parking restrictions.

"Whilst it has been noted that the problem with parking is not down to students alone, the residents' association has been extremely positive about the level of effort we have gone to in helping to tackle this issue."

A city council spokesperson said: "We have been talking to Nottingham Trent University, local councillors and residents to see if we can find a solution to the parking problems in the area.

"Before proceeding further with the proposals outlined in the letter to residents we want to hear the views of residents so that any suggestions can be incorporated whenever appropriate and affordable."

A consultation on the proposals will run until 28 February.

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