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Parking pressure point prompts campaigners to call for action
5:30am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A PARKING pressure point in Weymouth has prompted campaigners to call for action.
The eight parking spaces there are in big demand from people visiting shops and other businesses as well as parents picking up children from the infants and All Saints School opposite. It has also become a hotspot for people selling their cars which isn’t illegal if cars are taxed and parked lawfully – but is ‘inconsiderate and inconvenient’ says borough and county councillor Kate Wheller.
She says pressures on the parking spaces are prompting some people to park on double yellow lines and zig zag markings nearby, causing a hazard.
A possible solution, and one at minimal cost, would be to introduce a one or two hour waiting restriction for people using the parking spaces, but this would only be implemented if people wanted it.
A public meeting to ‘improve traffic management and reduce road safety hazards’ is being organised tomorrow.
Coun Wheller, who is chairing the meeting, is inviting views from locals.
She said: “This has been a problem for many years but it has got worse in the last 12 months and it’s creating a hazard.
“What we’re suggesting to residents and business people is to come along and give their views on a proposal to put in a restricted waiting time because the turnover of spaces is so low. The idea is to try and improve the traffic flow and the turnover of parking spaces.
“Many people only want to park there for half an hour or so to use local services but the spaces tend to get filled up.
“There is an issue there with people selling cars which I believe is inconsiderate and inconvenient.”
Dorset County Council is responsible for highways but would act on recommendations from the borough council.
Borough head of parking and traffic Chris Graves will also be at the meeting to explain highway issues. Other councillors will attend including borough transport spokesman Christine James.
The meeting is at Wyke Regis Infants School at 6pm tomorrow.
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