New parking measures will not be enough says Uphill resident

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 June 2011

Double yellow lines

Double yellow lines

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NEW plans for yellow lines will only move the problem on says one Uphill resident.

Mike Baker believes plans to put more yellow lines in the village will only put the problem elsewhere in the village, as a constant increase of cars parking on the roads are causing traffic chaos for residents.

Residents crammed into the Victory Hall in Uphill to view fresh developments for parking in the village last week.

Mike believes the problem has got worse since Weston General Hospital charged staff to park at the hospital from the beginning of June.

Mike said: “Parking is a huge problem and it is getting worse.

“Where I live by a triangle in the road on Uphill Way is becoming a hospital car park during the day.

“Now staff have to pay for parking, the problem is increasing.

“Cars are stopping to let other vehicles come down the road.

“We have had situations where cars have to back up on the grass verge, which has gone back by about a foot because cars are driving over it.”

Mike struggles getting his car out of his driveway in the morning because cars overlap his drive.

“I walk to work past the hospital every morning and I look at the pay and display car park, and it is half empty.

“There are spaces for people to use but they aren’t, because they have to pay.”

The Neighbourhood Watch meeting in Uphill last week saw worried residents voice concerns of their struggles to park their cars in the street.

At the meeting, PC Steve Wakefield, the beat manager for Uphill showed the residents new plans made by North Somerset Council to put more yellow lines in the village.

The proposed plans would see yellow lines drawn between Uphill Way and Sandcroft Avenue on Uphill South road.

A Council spokesman said: “We are at the consultations stage and at the moment and we are waiting to hear back from the police and local councillors.

“Plans are dependant on feedback and then we will need a traffic regulation order which will formally advertise to people the plans where they have 28 days to make comments before it is then subject to approval.”

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