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Safety fears over match-day parking near Odsal Stadium
7:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
Chaotic match-day parking near Odsal Stadium could hamper the emergency services, a new report warns.
Residents have been complaining about haphazard parking and queueing traffic along Stadium Road in Odsal, which they believe could potentially block emergency vehicles from getting through.
Ward councillor David Robinson (Ind, Wyke) said he had been inundated with complaints about “indiscriminate parking by irresponsible people coming to watch the rugby”.
Now a committee is considering imposing match-day parking restrictions.
The move would ban drivers from parking along the road on match or event days only.
There would be a small number of parking spaces reserved for permit holders.
A report going before the Bradford South Area Committee reveals it is not just visitors to Odsal Stadium that are causing a potential hazard.
The restaurant and bar Cue Gardens, at Stadium Mills, which hosts wedding receptions and functions, can also contribute to traffic problems, the report says.
It says the problem is usually caused by a combination of queueing traffic, the 15 on-street parking spaces and anti-social parking.
The area committee will decide whether to impose match and event-day restrictions when it next meets on Thursday.
Bradford Bulls co-chairman and constituency MP Gerry Sutcliffe (Lab) said he backed anything that improved the lives of residents.
He said as both MP and club co-chairman, he had long campaigned for local people to be protected from match-day parking problems.
He said: “Anything that can be done to try and improve the situation is fine by me.”
But Mr Sutcliffe said regardless of whether it was a match day or not, cars parking along one side of Stadium Road often caused a problem.
He said: “It’s still a narrow road. It can’t be a safe situation.”
He said another issue was that people could only get to the stadium via Stadium Road, and he called for the Council to look into creating another access route to alleviate the bottleneck. Coun Robinson agreed, saying a second way in, for example off Rooley Lane, would solve the problem “100 per cent”.
Currently, there are no official match-day parking restrictions imposed around Odsal Stadium, although some residential streets are for permit holders only.
No-one from Cue Gardens was available to comment.
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