Campaign to step up effort
An action group is to step up its efforts to reduce congestion and improve parking in Bingham.
Community Concern was set up nearly two years ago by residents concerned about the town’s growth in population and the lack of facilities.
At its annual meeting, the chairman, Mr Tim Chamberlin, said they needed to be more confrontational in their campaign.
He said: “There are certain ways we have to approach things. We realise now we are going to have to be bit more militant.
“Time has moved on and it’s not improved. It’s getting worse.”
The group presented a 1,300-name petition, calling for more off-road parking in Bingham, to Rushcliffe Borough Council last year.
The secretary, Mr Paul Durber, said: “We raised parking as an issue because it is causing real problems. It is an inconvenience and presenting a real danger.”
He said they had made proposals to the council at the start of the year, but these had been rejected and they had not heard anything since then.
Mr Durber said: “They have not come up with any suggestions. Neither the borough or the county council are taking our problems seriously.
“Civil Parking Enforcement was introduced with no measures to stop people parking in residential areas.
“We don’t know whether it is conscious or just neglect. A year has gone by when we flagged the issue and nothing has happened.”
He said a proposal for a one-way system was rejected by the council.
A resident, Miss Penny Carter (60) of Station Street, Bingham, said: “We had a trial one-way system a few years ago and it worked brilliantly. I know because I live in the centre.”
Mr Durber said he was told by the county council that the reason behind its success was because the trial was during the school summer holidays.
Mr Keith Wright, from the Trent Barton bus company, said: “We have asked for Cherry Street and Market Street to be made one-way so we don’t get the confrontation.
“You will see our vehicles coming and cars will be mounting the pavement. You need some sort of parking scheme.”
Mr Norman Mees, of Aslockton, said: “I think the way forward is to stop being Mr Nice Man.
“Everybody is being nice to everybody. All they are doing is fobbing you off. Their survey was totally flawed. We all know its better to have a one-way system.”
He suggested that if parking charges were to be introduced in the town’s carparks, the first one or two hours should remain free.
Mr Mees said: “People are in there for an hour. They are not there for six hours. People are going to shop elsewhere if they have to pay.”
Mr Chamberlin said: “If paid parking was enforced it would be mayhem.
“If we do these things we have got to have other benefits, for example, park and ride schemes. We cannot do one without the other.”
A borough and Bingham town council, Mr Francis Purdue-Horan, said a major problem was a suitable site for a park and ride scheme.
He said: “There is a real political divide of where it should go. We are not going to get anything achieved in principle until June next year.
“I think officers are now in a period of limbo because there hasn’t been any political will to do anything in the Bingham area.”
The group agreed that they needed to increase pressure on councils and welcomed any suggestions of how to improve the situation.