Parking scheme to stop ‘holiday car dumpers’ around Manchester Airport in 2016

    A scheme to stop holidaymakers parking on residential roads around the airport is due to start in 2016.

    Several roads in Wythenshawe are earmarked to become residents-only parking stopping travellers leaving their cars for up to three weeks at a time – and taxi drivers hanging around waiting for airport fares.

    Residents have been battling for a resident only parking scheme for five years. Around 300 people live on the roads earmarked for the scheme – Shadowmoss Road, from Cornishway upwards, Ringway Road, including Wynfield Avenue and Croyde Close and ‘Treemar’ – Trenchard Drive, Emerald Road and Maroon Road.

    Manchester council, who will run the scheme, were working for a September launch – but this scheme now sets to become live in 2016.

    A council spokesman said: “We’ve listened to concerns from residents about parking on their streets, and now aim to have a parking scheme operating in the area very early in the New Year.

    “The slight delay is due to an informal consultation we have held with residents, which included sending letters and holding a drop in session to explain the scheme in more detail.

    “We have set a slightly longer lead-in time than usual to give residents plenty of time to apply for permits over the Christmas period.

    “Our colleagues at Manchester Airport, who are funding the scheme, are fully aware of the timescales we have set and the council will continue to carry out enforcement work to deal with illegal parking in the area before the scheme is set up.”

    Rod Havercroft, residents’ association chairman, said: “How long have we been trying to make this happen? How long’s a piece of string.

    “The problem is people go on holiday and leave their cars outside our houses for three weeks at a time,

    “There have been delays due to council administration and various procedures with statutory notices and consultation.”

    He said he hoped signs, road markings and resident car registration could start in December for scheme completion in January.

    The scheme will work by residents registering their vehicles.

    Wardens will then do the rounds to check people are registered and allowed to park there.

    Residents would not have to pay for a parking pass, with visitor passes also being available.

    Any unregistered cars will be ticketed and could be towed away.

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