Double yellow lines and bad parking came up for discussion at this week’s town council meeting. The immediate cause was the recent incident of an articulated lorry jammed at the bottom of Priory., blocking other traffic.
Cllr Gloria Copley suggested that double yellow lines down both sides of Priory below St John’s school would be an improvement.
“Double yellow lines are not always the answer. Sometimes they just shift the problem to another street,” said Cllr John Thorne. He suggested a comprehensive look at parking in the town, rather than a piecemeal approach.
“We need zonal parking for residents,” said Cllr Gary James. “Having a 44-tonne lorry stuck for two hours and causing huge problems can’t be allowed to happen.” When the question of residents permits and payment came up for discussion, Cllr Andy Govier advised caution.
“Zonal parking is not a guarantee of a space near your house,” he said. “It’s a lottery. ~There are just too many cars for the size of the town.” Councillors also doubted the wisdom of allowing seven new houses at three Cups Yard and expecting new residents to find parking on Mantle Street.
“People will park anywhere rather than pay,” said Cllr Janet Lloyd. “Parents are making things worse by driving children to school when they could walk.”