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Barrow resident demands crackdown on parking problems

A LACK of parking on Barrow Island has left a furious pensioner demanding a crackdown on non-resident drivers.

Peter Harris, 71, of Burnaby Street, Barrow, said an increasing amount of residents are unable to park near their homes due to BAE employees’ cars.

Permits are issued to residents but can only be enforced from 8am to 5pm when traffic wardens are on duty.

Mr Harris claims employees on 4pm shipyard late shifts park outside homes knowing they will not get a ticket because of a two-hour grace period.

Mr Harris said: “We have a long-running problem with parking. We had a meeting four years ago with councillors but nothing has been done.

“The main problem we have is where we live the area is controlled by a disc system and there’s two problems which have come from this.

“Firstly, people from BAE who come and park, but don’t have a permit. Secondly, you have got other people who live on Barrow Island who want to park here to go to the shops. We are getting an overspill which is increasing over time.”

A spokesman for Furness MP John Woodcock’s office said he has “made representations on behalf of the resident”.

A spokeswoman from BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines said: “We are aware of parking issues around our site that can affect the local community and our own employees. Safety is of paramount importance and we strongly urge all our employees to park safely and responsibly.

"We do provide on site parking, however this isn't available to all employees. Over the last few months we have issued additional on-site parking permits to night shift workers.

“We have previously met with PSCO (Tina) Sykes and representatives from the local community to discuss parking issues on Barrow Island and how we can work together to improve the situation.

“While we do not have the powers or authority to enforce parking arrangements on public roads, we will meet with PCSO Sykes again to understand this particular issue and how we can offer support.”

Have your say

i live in stanley road and all the residents have a problem with the BAE workers parking in the street after 4pm every week night ,they fill up one side of they street and even outside residents houses , and when they finish at 12am they cause so much noise going up and down the street , it is the same people every time and i`m sure if you parked outside there houses they would be annoyed as well,
why they cant use there own car park instead of upsetting the local resisdents i dont know, there is a parking restriction after 6pm of 4 hours but nobody to enforce it and they know this .so come on BAE sort your staff out

Posted by steve on 4 February 2014 at 18:06

Quite often & late at night ship-yard workers even with permits for Barrow Island who can't be bothered to walk or cycle to work give friends,workers, lifts as well & park when they know no traffick wardens are about BUT the time limit should be shortened to 1hr without a permit showing.
Even if the ship-yard were to give official warnings & more parking for such workers then they would use it instead of waking up local residents of all hours,day& night.ALL workers whatever standard/grade they are should be able to park in BAE work car-parks.It's BAE's problem not us the residents.

Posted by resident of Ferry Rd triangle on 26 January 2014 at 14:20

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