The County and Borough Councils need to work with Edge Hill to provide a long-term solution to student parking problems say Our West Lancashire. The Council Independents have tabled a motion for debate at next week’s Borough Council meeting.
The call comes as dangerous and illegal parking has proliferated again in residential areas as students struggle to find suitable parking spaces.
Our West Lancashire Group Chairman, Adrian Owens said, “Edge Hill talk a lot about ‘enhancing the student experience’. Yet, the current student experience with car travel and parking can be highly stressful for students. At the same time road safety, travel times and quality of life is worsened for permanent residents. The councils and Edge Hill need to put forward a lasting solution.”
Our West Lancashire say that any solutions need to protect green belt and aim to reduce congestion from car use. They’ve promoted Park and Ride as a possible option and say that Edge Hill should drop their opposition to considering multi-storey car parking on campus.
The motion tabled by Our West Lancashire is below:
MOTION TO FULL COUNCIL FOR WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2019 TABLED BY COUNCILLOR ADRIAN OWENS ON BEHALF OF THE OUR WEST LANCASHIRE GROUP
This council notes with concern the extensive and often dangerous and illegal on-street car parking at certain times of the year in parts of Ormskirk resulting from the operation of Edge Hill University.
This council also supports the principle of resisting inappropriate development in the green belt and, where possible, a reduction in car journeys to reduce carbon emissions, air pollution and traffic congestion.
This council requests that senior representatives of West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and Edge Hill University meet to discuss long term solutions to the problem of extensive and often dangerous and illegal on-street car parking close to the University and that the ideas that arise from the meeting(s) are taken forward in the forthcoming Local Plan Review.
To this end, the council instructs the Chief Executive to write to the Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council and the Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University requesting such a meeting/meetings.