Wellington needs a full-time traffic warden and parking meters on Fore St says Cllr Marcus Barr. “The town is choking”, added Cllr Peter Critchard.
The town council was discussing the issue of parking problems after hearing back from Taunton council’s Parking Services department that they needed more evidence before considering a change or increase in warden hours.
However, other voices urged caution. “We should be careful what we wish for,” said Cllr Andrew Govier. “Lorries and vans will stop and unload to the shops on Fore St whether we have a warden or not.
“The odd motorist may use the long Loading Space to pop into Lloyds Bank but I don’t think that is the root cause of the congestion. I’m not saying people should park illegally but we may find we’ve just moved the problem down the road. I think the Longforth Rd lights are a bigger congestion issue than illegal parking.”
Other views were expressed. “North St is one of the major parking issues with lorries going down to Swallowfield and the new building site at Tone Dale,” said Cllr Janet Lloyd. “People are ignoring the single yellow line and parking well before 6pm”
The council agreed to explore ways of gathering more evidence about parking issues. The possibility of using Court Fields school pupils to conduct a survey was discussed.