Fresh plans for parking scheme in busy Sheffield shopping district

Ecclesall Road in the Banner Cross district of Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
Ecclesall Road in the Banner Cross district of Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
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A fresh plan to create a pay and display parking scheme in a busy Sheffield shopping area is set to progress.

The proposals for the Banner Cross area of Ecclesall Road come months after a previous scheme for the area was abandoned because of ‘irreconcilable conflict.’

That previous scheme for 34 spaces received 200 objections and residents were said to be against it, but a majority of traders agreed and thought it would boost trade.

The long-running project - which aims to address concerns that long-stay parking is hindering customer access to retailers in the area- was put on hold last November by Sheffield Council.

Now reports to a committee meeting this Friday recommend that new proposals for a smaller scheme that extends as far as Marmion Road on one side of the street, and Huntingtower Road on the other.

Banner Cross Neighbour hood Group has put forward the alternative suggestions and reports said ‘the neighbourhood group states this proposal was reached in agreement with residents’ who attended a public meeting on the topic last year.

It is now recommended that a 29-space, two hour pay and display scheme is put forward on an ‘experimental basis’ for consideration.

That includes two spaces in the layby opposite a Sainsbury’s store, with a peak hour loading only restriction as part of the scheme, and additional spaces on the western side of the street between Huntington Road and a petrol station.

Objections to the previous parking scheme focused on cars being displaced into neighbouring streets, and existing parking problems outside homes would be made worse.

“Neither of the proposals are anticipated to have a significant impact on displacement of parking demand into adjacent streets”, said the report

It also said it would be ‘difficult’ to provide any four hours bays because of limitations of capacity.

Funding of £25,000 for the scheme is allocated and if it goes ahead, ticket machines would be brought in from other areas across the city to save on maintenance costs.