ANGRY locals are fed up with being hit with hefty fines for parking in front of their own homes – and saying the street is always empty.
Residents on Runcorn Road in Barnton, Cheshire, have slammed council officials over the parking nightmare.
In retaliation, they started a petition to get revenge on Cheshire West and Chester Council.
Outraged homeowners, fearing fines, said the banned rooms “stay virtually empty all day and night”.
The petitioners are fighting for no-parking zones to become residential areas.
They argued: “This area of Runcorn Road used to be home to a few shops, but all that remains is Barnton Pizza (which only opens and delivers at night) and two hair salons with staggered hours.”
“The Parish Council has previously advised the MP in a letter which I have received that the parking restrictions apply to ‘the broader community of Barnton businesses and residents’.”
And residents claimed that visitors are only allowed to park their cars in these areas for 30 minutes – which they say is pointless.
They claimed locals were being forced to scour the streets for “unsafe and unattended” parking.
“So far the council and local MP have not taken this issue seriously and simply will not look at it again,” they added.
“A petition of at least 30 signatures would take this petition to Council in the hope that action would be taken.”
Local MP Esther McVey said: “I have been contacted by local residents about this and have raised it twice with Cheshire West & Chester Council, who are refusing to change their stance.”
“Obviously this is a decision of the Council and not MPs, but I have been following this for my constituents – as with any issue brought to my attention.”
A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “This petition is active until August 31st and after that date the Council will consider it if it is finalized.”
This comes after other Brits criticized their advice over new parking rules and restrictions.
Homeowners in Sutton, south London, were furious when their council charged drivers who pay with cash more than those who use an app.
Meanwhile, residents of a once-thriving area say it’s become a ghost town — and strict parking rules are driving even more people away.
And a couple are furious after the municipality fenced off a curb they’ve used for 35 years, barring them from parking near their home.