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Drivers across Birmingham face £70 fine threat for parking on grass verges

Brownfield Road in Shard End is city's first to secure order to protect green space

Brownfield Road residents' group members campaigned to protect the grass verges.
Brownfield Road residents' group members campaigned to protect the grass verges.

Drivers across Birmingham could be FINED for parking on grass verges after a street became the city’s first to threaten motorists with a £70 charge.

The financial penalty now hangs over drivers in Brownfield Road, Shard End.

Residents fed up with their verges being churned up by cars obtained a specific order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

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The parking ban is enforced by traffic wardens.

Birmingham City Council said similar parking bans could now be introduced at other locations.

Coun Marje Bridle (Lab, Shard End) said: “The street looks lovely with flowers planted and the grass growing.

Brownfield Road's grass verges will be protected from parked cars.
Brownfield Road's grass verges will be protected from parked cars.

“It has been a massive success.

“I know there have been complaints about parking on grass verges in other areas and they too could look at a ban thanks to the groundwork done here.”

Coun Bridle said talks were ongoing about cutting the cost of dropped kerbs to allow more residents to park off the road.

Grass verges in Brownfield Road.
Grass verges in Brownfield Road.

The fines threat was imposed after the street was deemed suitable as it had no double yellow lines and was wide enough for cars to park without blocking the carriageway.

A council spokeswoman said: “Similar parking bans could be introduced elsewhere in the city.

“Subject to financial resources, residential support, physical tolerance and suitability, district engineers could take individual schemes forward.”

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