PRESSURE from residents has prompted changes to a council programme over parking.

The city council has altered its plans after people lobbied a senior councillor over how parking problems were affecting their lives.

They raised chronic problems in Highcliffe and the Kings' School area at the decision day meeting of Cllr Martin Tod, the cabinet member for economic recovery.

In Highcliffe householders in St Leonard's Road said a new parking permit scheme needs altering.

Conrad Haig said there was insufficient room in the road for residents cars yet they were unable to park in nearby Dell Road which always has plenty of room.

Mr Haig told Cllr Tod: "St Leonard's Road has 21 spaces for 25 residents. There is a devlopment of four more houses at the end of the road. Dell Road has 26 spaces for 12 residents and most have off-road driveways. This is a major issue for us.

"The permit zone is inadequate and we need access to Dell Road which is never busy."

Residents can park on nearby Fivefields Road but it is poorly-lit and recently a Mini was severely vandalised.

Cllr Lynda Murphy supported the residents and said the parking was hampering buses too.

Peter Mills of Marnhull Rise raised the issue of poor parking blocking access to driveways and potentially impeding emergency vehicles.

County councillor Jackie Porter raised the issue of parking in Court Road, Kings Worthy which is becoming a commuter-parking area. Parking is also becoming an issue on The Crease in Micheldever, she told Cllr Tod.

Cllr Tod agreed to review the St Leonard's scheme and also look at Marnhull Rise and other roads near to Kings' School such as Sarum View and Nightingale.