Could North Somerset villagers ‘die’ because of parking problems?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 January 2017

A petition has been set up to improve road safety on Yatton's High Street.

A petition has been set up to improve road safety on Yatton's High Street.

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Villagers in Yatton say it is only a ‘matter of time’ before someone is killed or seriously hurt due to cars parking on High Street – and they have urged North Somerset Council to paint double yellow lines along the entire length of the road.

An online petition calling for the introduction of double yellow lines was set up by a group calling itself Concerned Residents of Yatton this week. They say the village’s High Street is dangerous and claim the problem is particularly bad outside the boarded-up Prince of Orange pub, as people living nearby were able to use the pub’s car park before it closed towards the end of last year.

The petition, which had attracted more than 60 supporters as the Mercury went to press, said: “The past three months have seen a sharp rise in vehicles parked dangerously on Yatton High Street – most notably outside the former Prince of Orange pub. This parking is extremely inconsiderate and leads to significant congestion within Yatton.

“This congestion is creating more pollution and above all, it is making the roads of Yatton considerably more dangerous.

“It is only a matter of time before somebody is killed or seriously injured.”

Villager Sam Cooper told Yatton Parish Council at a meeting on Monday the problems were restricting emergency vehicles and were creating cases of road rage.

Mr Cooper said: “Last week there was a serious collision involving these cars – it was a miracle no-one was hurt or even killed.

“It is creating a situation where road rage is very apparent and people are just not dealing with it as well as they could be.

“It slows emergency vehicles from getting through and this is only exacerbated on bin day – you have got bin lorries and ambulances trying to get through and it is a recipe for disaster.

“If we let it get out of control someone could die.”

Some villagers in Yatton believe cars parking in High Street is a good thing, as they slow traffic down along the busy road, but Mr Cooper and the petitioners said they felt this was not the case.

Mr Cooper said: “This is not a recognised, risk-assessed way of traffic calming. It is almost like vigilantism and people do not expect it.”

The parish council agreed to take Mr Cooper’s points on board and look into the situation.

To view and sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/north-somerset-council-make-yatton-high-street-safer-with-parking-restrictions

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