Where can we park?

Coun Gary Wilkes and residents of Whitledge Green and Old Road Ashton, who are protesting against the recent yellow lines painted outside their homes
Coun Gary Wilkes and residents of Whitledge Green and Old Road Ashton, who are protesting against the recent yellow lines painted outside their homes
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RESIDENTS are seeing red over a new stretch of double yellow lines in Ashton.

They claim that the isolated stretch of ‘no parking’ outside the small number of terraced properties and an off-licence is causing problems for adjacent home owners.

Homes in Whitledge Green and Old Road have no rear parking and the parking restriction means they must now leave their vehicles out of sight.

Highways bosses have applied the restriction after complaints from public transport organisations that irresponsible parking was preventing buses getting through.

Now two ward councillors are calling for the lines to be removed and replaced with single yellow lines to allow residents to park their cars outside their homes once buses have finished running.

Coun Gary Wilkes said: ‘‘These double yellow lines were put down against the will of the two councillors because Don Hodgkinson and I have been on record objecting to this right from the beginning.

‘‘The residents in the two houses most affected have four cars between them and now they have nowhere to park.

‘‘We support increased safety for the buses, but a commonsense approach could also have been applied because now these residents have nowhere else to park their vehicles.

‘‘Moving the residents’ cars out of this area will also, of course, have a knock on effect on the other residents further down Old Road because they are having to park their vehicles in front of other people’s houses.’’

The two councillors are suggesting that either the 20m-double yellow section could be shortened to keep the road obstruction free, or a single yellow line restriction be painted over which could allow the resdients to park their vehicles there outisde the peak times of 9am to 5pm.

Council Highways Manager Kevin Hargreaves said: “We followed strict guidelines to introduce the parking restrictions at this location. This meant we placed notices on the site and in the local papers asking for people’s views about the scheme.

“We received 23 letters of objection during this time but we did not receive any objections from the off licence or the houses in question.

“All the comments were considered by the council’s Regulation Committee at its meeting in February last year.

“The committee also visited the site.

“Following this an amended proposal was put forward which took the objections into account.

“These restrictions have been put in place to make sure there are no obstructions on the highway and visibility is not restricted.

“The aim is to improve road safety and traffic flow and make sure the bus service along the route can operate efficiently.’’

He added that it wasn’t the council’s responsibility to provide secure parking facilities for residents.