The residents of the 100 block of Cornwall Street are fed up with visitors and workers in downtown Leesburg parking in front of their houses. So they have decided to do something about it.
Those residents petitioned Town Manager John Wells to institute permit parking on their block. The Leesburg Town Council, while it can provide Wells with input, doesn’t need to take any action. The spots on the street are at least 75 percent occupied overnight, which is enough to warrant permit parking, according to Calvin Grow, the town’s transportation engineer.
The spots, which are free, are not the only ones in downtown that are up for consideration of new restrictions, which would reserve the spots for vehicles displaying special decals provided to residents. Spots along Royal Street will be on the council agenda in late February. However, those could be considered for meters because businesses on the street want to preserve short-term parking for customers.
As more businesses open downtown, free parking has become scarce and the residents of the area are working to take back the spots in front of their houses.