The number of cars on the roads is growing each year, creating problems in city centres where housing was constructed without taking the need for parking spaces into consideration. Public car parks tend to be located at some distance from residential areas, and the charges are high. Many residents try to park as close to home as possible and to avoid paying high parking fees. As a result, residential districts are filled with cars that are parked in children’s play areas, on green verges, and even on pavements.
Discuss the conflicts and the possible solutions, as well as the opinions of the various parties. Present your own point of view. How do you think the problem can be solved?
Residents who do not own cars would prefer to limit the number of vehicles entering the residential area in order to ensure sufficient open spaces for recreation and a safe environment for children to play in.
Environmentalists argue that preserving green spaces is an important way to protect human health and the quality of the environment.
According to car owners, they have every right to leave their car right in front of their block of flats. They do not see why they should pay for parking. Their solution would be to create additional parking spaces at the expense of green zones and children’s playgrounds.