A BRIDLINGTON woman has urged police not to park their cars on a residential street in the town when commuting to and from work to enable residents to park outside their own homes.
Susan Donald, 59, has spoken of her frustration at seeing staff at Bridlington Police Station leaving their cars on Ashville Street, preventing those who live in the 15 or so houses there from being able to park outside their own homes.
Mrs Donald, who has lived on Ashville Street with her husband for seven years, said it has been a problem more or less from day one but has got significantly worse in recent months.
“About five years ago they built their own car park but we still can’t get parked on our street,” Mrs Donald said.
“It’s absolutely terrible. The ones that are parking outside houses are mainly staff cars, they should be using the park and ride.
“It’s happening every day, even on a Friday and Saturday when they seem to have more staff on,” she added.
And while she has come to expect some noise disturbance, living so close to a police station, Mrs Donald said problems caused by the police themselves were not what she expected.
“We do get people being drunk and shouting outside the police station but we expect that being near a police station. The main problem is staff parking, I really don’t think they should be parking here and it’s a 24 hour problem,” she said.
Around five years ago East Riding of Yorkshire Council did explore the possibility of introducing permit parking on Ashville Street, but Mrs Donald said it was never introduced because of objections from the police.
But a council spokesman said while permit parking was considered for Ashville Street it was not brought in because the majority of residents were not in favour of it.
The spokesman said: “If the residents felt that there’s a majority view among them they could approach the council again, provided they can show there’s a majority view, that would then allow us to assess the situation again and see if it could be implemented.”
Insp Grant Taylor, of the Bridlington Neighbourhood Policing Team, told the Free Press he would be happy to meet with residents to discuss their concerns about parking on Ashville Street.
“Whilst I appreciate the concerns of residents, the officers and staff working at Bridlington Police Station come and go at all times and facilities such as the park and ride are not always a suitable option.
“If local residents want to meet to discuss their concerns with me I am more than happy to do so and would ask them to make contact at their convenience,” Insp Grant said.