Residents of a town centre street say there’s one law for the council and one for the people it represents.
People living in Marshall Avenue say council contractors, set to spend up to four months working to convert a former residential home into a hostel for the homeless, are taking up much needed parking space.
Already unhappy at having a homeless hostel in their midst, which was approved by East Riding Council despite a local campaign against it, they now say contractors working on the development on behalf of the council – which now owns the building – are taking liberties with parking spaces.
According to one local resident, and guest house owner, who did not wish to be named, the workmen are only supposed to have the use of three parking spaces for storage of materials but in the past this has been used for their own vehicles and been extended beyond a fenced off area by bollards and a safety barrier, and used to park site vehicles.
“Everyone down here is unhappy. The parking situation is bad enough. It is already affecting our business, people turn down the street and see there is nowhere to park, it puts people off,” he said.
Like other guest houses in Marshall Avenue they buy visitor parking passes for clients but worry they will not have any spaces available within striking distance.
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at the council, said the use of three parking spaces had been approved in compliance with guidelines.
He said: “Early on in the project, it was brought to the council’s attention that the contractor was using additional spaces, resulting in the authority speaking with the contractor to highlight the terms of the agreement. The council apologised for the confusion and promptly corrected the error. The contractor has also arranged for parking permits for its vehicles for use within Bridlington’s controlled parking zone (CPZ) and North Street Car Park, subject to available spaces. The council is also regularly inspecting the site to ensure compliance.
“In order for residents to park here all day, they are required to hold and display a valid parking permit. The permit does not guarantee that they will be able to park outside their house or business. It only gives the motorist priority on the available parking spaces within the scheme or exemptions to specific waiting restrictions within the scheme’s boundaries.”