PARKING restrictions close to Bridlington’s Town Hall will be enforced from the new year.
The Town Hall car park and one way road leading on to Quay Road have been marked with double yellow lines for a number of years, and were repainted in September, but were not enforced by parking officers.
Two weeks ago, a pedestrian was knocked off their mobility scooter at the junction of the access road and Quay Road.
A spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed that they had received complaints about the issue, and had been monitoring it closely since they took over parking enforcement responsibilities from the police earlier this year.
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The car park at Bridlington Town Hall was in a poor state of disrepair and was causing problems for staff and visitors.
“Following its resurfacing, the council painted double yellow lines and bay markings to manage parked vehicles. “The council is preparing to advertise a traffic regulation order so that this car park can be added to those that are enforced by the civil enforcement officers.
“Staff and visitors will be informed of this order, which is expected to be in place for January, and are encouraged to park sensibly and considerately in the future.”
Dennis Ashby, of Jubilee Avenue, works close to the Town Hall and believes the incident involving the mobility scooter “was an accident waiting to happen”.
“I’m speaking as a resident and rate payer of Bridlington. Cars come flying round as it is a one way street, and because of the cars parked on both sides of the road on the double yellow lines, it is almost impossible for people to see what is coming when they are crossing the road.
“There are lowered kerbs at the end of the road which are for those with wheelchairs, mobility scooters and prams but quite often the vehicles are parked over them as well,” said Mr Ashby, who has written numerous letters to the council, Greg Knight MP and various government departments about the problem over the last few years.
“It is obviously a waste of tax payers money to repaint the yellow lines, as well as a waste of time, if they are not being enforced.
“It is not just the cars parked on the access road, but disabled bays around the Town Hall are also being used by those without blue badges.”
Humberside Police confirmed they attended an incident at Quay Road, on Thursday December 15, when a silver Vauxhall Corsa hit a pedestrian.
An Ambulance also attended and transported the casualty to Scarborough Hospital, while partial road closures at the end of the access street and on Quay Road were put into place.
According to the police, the pedestrian’s injuries are thought to be minor.