Guest house couple say parking restrictions are ‘killing the town’

B&B owner Steve Embleton has called for more lenient parking restrictions to help businesses in Bridlington.
B&B owner Steve Embleton has called for more lenient parking restrictions to help businesses in Bridlington.

A COUPLE running a guest house have hit out at parking restrictions in Bridlington claiming it is ruining tourism and ‘killing the town’.

Ex-policeman Steve Embleton and his wife Bernadette, who is registered disabled, have run the Sonnekus B&B on Trinity Road for the past decade.

Now they have hit out at the controlled parking zone (CPZ) on Trinity Road, claiming it has led to the loss of around 20 parking spaces and is deterring holidaymakers.

Mr Embleton said: “They are doing more and more to get more money out of you. I want to see more lenient parking restrictions everywhere, especially for local people. I feel sorry for the businesses in the town because they just can’t carry on like it is,” he added.

The CPZ, which replaced white H-bar lines across drop kerbs with double yellow lines to allow driveway access, was introduced by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2008.

But Mr Embleton has claimed the CPZ has led to the loss of around 20 parking spaces, with areas where there are no dropped kerbs, where extra parking bays could be made, being filled in with double yellow lines.

The couple have claimed that when the scheme was introduced they had an informal agreement with a traffic warden to park Mrs Embleton’s car, with a blue disabled badge on display, on the double yellow lines across the entrance to their driveway, provided they did not cause an obstruction for anyone else.

This arrangement had continued until last month when Mrs Embleton was issued with a £70 penalty charge notice for parking there. The couple unsuccesfully appealed the ticket.

Mr Embleton said: “My wife will now have to park her car in a parking bay, where there is no restrictions to parking with a blue badge, thereby placing extra pressure on the number of on-street parking spaces.

“In these times of economic constraints, we in the guest house business have felt the pinch and need to attract all the business we can, and guests not being able to park close to where they are staying, are often put off.”

“It will kill the town off if it carries on,” Mrs Embleton added.

But John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at ERYC, said no concerns or objections were raised by residents to the CPZ scheme when a full public consultation was held back in 2008.

And he said the Council has continued to consult and work with the Bridlington business community on traffic and parking matters. The Highway Code states that double yellow lines mean stopping or waiting is prohibited on a particular section of road.

“Blue badge holders do have a minor concession to this restriction and are able to stop or wait for a period of up to three hours when they comply with the rules and conditions of the Blue Badge Scheme,” he said.

“Parking restrictions are introduced to enable all motorists to move along the highway with the minimum of congestion. Consideration is also given to allow local residents the ability to park vehicles on the highway in areas that will not hinder or cause a danger to other road users.

“The scheme only gives the motorist priority on the available parking spaces within the scheme or exemptions to specific waiting restrictions within the schemes boundaries,” he added.