Parking permit plea in Greaves

The former Greaves Hotel is being turned into assisted living accommodation.
The former Greaves Hotel is being turned into assisted living accommodation.

Residents in Greaves have launched a petition in a bid to improve the parking situation near their homes.

A lack of parking spaces in the residential streets caused by city centre shoppers and commuters as well as fears that the new development being built at the former Greaves Hotel site has led a group of residents to bid for permit parking outside their homes.

Many residents aired their concerns when the plans were first mooted for the Greaves Hotel, saying the situation was already bad and would be exacerbated by the new scheme.

McCarthy and Stone are behind the plans for the assisted living accommodation, which is due to be finished in spring 2016 and will incorporate 54 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 70s.

The petition asks the council to consider extending the Lancaster South residents’ permit parking to include Brunton Road, Pickard Street, Vine Street and Graham Street. It says: “Due to the proximity of Ripley School, the hospital and Lancaster town centre, people who work in these sectors or use these facilities park their vehicles in this residential area. This results in lack of parking for residents. Additionally, due to the overcrowding, larger vehicles struggle to use these roads and could also restrict access for emergency services.

“Another factor which should be taken into consideration is the McCarthy & Stone future opening. There is limited parking for this assisted living, therefore visitors will use these roads putting greater strain on parking.”

One resident said: “Parking is aconsiderable nuisance at the moment, especially while the building work is going on [at the Greaves Hotel site].

“I can understand why people want residents’ parking because it can be very difficult to park around here.”

The petition, which runs until November 11, is available on the city council website and has so far been signed by 19 people.