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A YOUNG politician said he is determined to take on parking issues on behalf of residents.

Miles Grindey, a 19-year-old green party candidate in Warsash, said residents are fed up with students from the Warsash Maritime Academy, run by Southampton Solent University, parking in their roads.

Fareham Borough Council put yellow lines along most of Newtown Road, Pitchponds and other areas to try to combat the problem but Mr Grindey said it was not good enough and called for residents’ permits to be brought in.

He said: ‘Residents’ views have been ignored by councillors who say that such things are “too expensive” and that residents actually want double-yellow lines, though most see it as a form of organised kettling.

‘One councillor said that six people had wrote in favour of the yellow lines, and so the council went ahead – that is well under one per cent of the population of the ward. ‘

Ward councillor Trevor Cartwright said he had worked with the council and the university to try to find a suitable solution for residents.

When contacted by The News, a spokesman from Southampton Solent University said it was ‘taking this matter seriously’.

He said: ‘Staff, students and visitors have been informed about the travel and parking services available to them including; the inter-campus bus from Southampton to Warsash and an off-site overflow car park.

‘We have also maximised the use of the limited parking space on site to reduce the impact on public car parks in the local area.’

Mr Grindey said the measures are not effective and encouraged anybody affected by the lines to get in touch by emailing miles.grindey@yahoo.co.uk