Parking row erupts after residents no longer have free reign to park outside their homes (From The Northern Echo)
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Parking row erupts after residents no longer have free reign to park outside their homes
A ROW has erupted over parking in a North Yorkshire market town after residents of a narrow cul-de-sac found they can no longer park outside their homes all day.
Since North Yorkshire County Council’s civil parking enforcement began on May 30, Richmond residents have been warned they will be fined for parking in disc zone areas for longer than the allowed two-hour period – despite being able to do so for many years because North Yorkshire Police did not enforce the rules.
Geoff Milburn, a resident of Tower Street, which runs part-way around the perimeter of Richmond Castle, said for years police and traffic wardens turned a blind eye to parking on yellow lines, and double parking near the castle entrance.
He said: “Near the castle entrance at a push there is possible parking for 12 vehicles.
“Also every day market traders until recently have double parked their vans behind our cars, leaving details in each windscreen so that they can be easily contacted when a resident wants to drive out.
“But now after several residents have been given substantial fines under the new system we have been told by the local council that for £65 per year we can park our vehicles in car parks across the town.
“But to our mind, to ask an 80-year-old resident with problems walking to park half a mile away from home is uncaring - especially when bad weather arrives.”
Richmond Town Councillor Stuart Parsons said he has contacted the county council to request a residents parking permit scheme.
he said: “It will take between six months and a year for the council to assess whether it is possible, but in the mean time there is space for around four cars in designated bays where they can park between 6pm and 8am – and if they use a disc they can stay until 10am before having to move it.
“But really they have been lucky because parking orders have been in place officially for many years but the police did not enforce them.
“And even with a permit scheme, there is not enough space for all residents to safely park there without obstructing other properties.
“The double parking has also in the past prevented emergency vehicles from getting to elderly people’s bungalows beyond the houses in Tower Street – meaning they had to be stretchered some distance to the ambulance.”
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