FRUSTRATED councillors already forced to wait 16 years for road improvements in Stafford borough have dubbed a parking committee a shambles and a complete waste of time.
Councillor John Francis says the joint parking committee is getting nothing done as it meets only four times a year and issues never seem to be dealt with.
This is on top of a backlog of work prior- ities, such as getting double yellow line parking restrictions, disabled parking bays, school keep clear marks and waiting time restrictions, which will take 16 years to clear as only four can be done each year.
With a raft of developments planned in the borough over the next few years, including a major town centre shopping area and housing plans, demand for more work is likely to go up.
And Councillor Andrew Harp said with the new developments road priorities would inevitably change, which could render some of the existing requests for improvements irrelevant by the time they move to the top of the priority list.
The committee, which includes bor- ough and county councillors, met on Tuesday. Its last meeting was in April.
Councillor John Francis said: “It is a shambles. I have sat on this committee for 14 years and it is not good enough. We are not getting anything done.
“I am bitterly disappointed about the agenda for today’s meeting. We do not seem to be proposing any work to be done over the next few months. Village parking was discussed 12 months ago and we have not had a report on it.
“There is nothing really to discuss on this agenda which to me is a waste of members’ and officers’ time.”
Councillor Len Bloomer said the new priority list for double yellow lines and other traffic orders could help to solve some of the problems.
He added: “It is a ridiculous situation. This is why we needed a priory list. Thankfully Chris Mitchell is working on it and has developed a new matrix to deal with them.”
Mr Mitchell, from county highways, has grouped some items together to shorten the list. An example includes parking problems in Weston Road and Salisbury Road, which are both exacerbated by people using Stafford Hospital.
The list of priorities for next year includes tackling parking problems at Rowley Street, Stafford, Berkeley Street and Meaford Avenue, Stone, and Marsh Street, Marsh Court, Bailey Street and Espleys Yard, Stafford.
Councillor Harp added: “I am not happy about having lists and lists if we cannot do anything about it. Are some of these priorities even going to be neces- sary in 10 years time?”
Councillor Bloomer added: “I have one in my area that was first requested 12 years ago. But this new priority list has been done and we have to try it.”