'No parking' is the only answer for us
We would like to answer the points Councillor Brian Page raised as part of the Mercury article "Council staff parking provides A50 danger", (February 13).
The situation we are in is because County Hall have closed offices around Leicestershire and relocated employees on site.
The County Hall travel plan, dated August 2011, stated there are 2,200 staff based at County Hall and as many as 800 additional employees will be brought on to site.
It also has about 6,000 visitors per month.
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The council cannot hope to solve the problem with only an additional 165 car parking spaces to be added to the current 1,400.
They may be urging staff to think of alternative transport to work, but is it realistic for an employee from, say, Hinckley, to consider public transport, cycling or walking?
As for car sharing, we have seen this in action. Three cars pull up in the lane. Two get left and the other one takes the two drivers off to park on site!
Councillor Page quotes: "The two hour option was decided upon following a public consultation." When? They proposed two hour bays and, when the majority of residents opposed this, we were told we are having them.
A letter we received from the chief executive's department following our petition says the "experimental traffic regulation" will give many advantages to residents.
We can think of none. It is to their advantage only.
Why two hour bays? We could not work this one out until we saw the application for planning permission for the additional car parking spaces.
In their project background and statement of need, they quote: "32 additional parking spaces have been converted to two hours short stay following trends analysis of staff working patterns".
So now we know why. Our lane will provide them with more two hour parking they so desperately need, conveniently across the road.
The residents are not naive, we know once the bays are in it will be permanent.
There will be no tweaking after six months. Tweaking implies minor changes and we want no parking weekdays, which is hardly a minor change.
Delivery vans will still have to park on the main dual carriageway as will the dustbin men because then, as now, it will be full of parked cars.
Two hour bays – a waste of time and money, they may just as well take no action.
No parking except for loading or unloading is the only solution. We know that and so do they.
Why are they putting their needs above others? Safety should be their top priority.
If only there was an ombudsman.
Annette and Pete Oliver, Glenfield.