RESIDENTS are backing police efforts to deal with parking and traffic problems around Accrington Stanley's ground.
Football fans were left fuming at the start of the season after police ticketed cars parked on side streets around the Fraser Eagle Stadium during the home match against Barnet.
Police had placed no-parking cones on Livingstone Road and part of Whalley Road following the club's return to the Football League.
But at a residents' liaison meeting in Altham people in the area praised the police for trying to tackle the issue.
Jim Foster, a resident of Whalley Road and former clerk of Altham Parish Council, said: "I went to this meeting with an open mind to see what measures the club had taken.
"One of the main things was that people were congratulating the police on their efforts.
"Most people complimented the police on having done a wonderful job and Accrington Stanley on helping them.
"They seem to have found a solution. Since the police have taken measures, just by coning off the west side of Whalley Road, all these problems have vanished, the traffic is moving freely and the cars get away from the ground more easily.
"Before, when parking was allowed all down Whalley Road and Livingstone Road the traffic along the A680 was just at a standstill. We'd see emergency vehicles struggling to get through.
"At one time the buses taking supporters from the ground were finding it difficult to get down Livingstone Road.
"People on Whalley Road and Livingstone Road have noticed a great improvement and are very happy."
Sergeant Stuart Isherwood said: "We are quite pleased that the residents are happy because that's the reason the measures were put in place in the first instance. We hope that everyone's getting used to them now.
"We have always been happy to listen and adjust things as we have needed to. If we are getting it right, that's good."