Steering clear of new car park

A NEW car park in Portishead is remaining empty for most of the day - because drivers do not know it exists. The 100-space car park in Newfoundland Way was built by dock developers Crest Nicholson and opened earlier this year. But because there are no sig

A NEW car park in Portishead is remaining empty for most of the day - because drivers do not know it exists.The 100-space car park in Newfoundland Way was built by dock developers Crest Nicholson and opened earlier this year.But because there are no signposts directing people to the car park, they are leaving their vehicles on the other side of the dock, causing gridlock in the marina development's narrow roads.Now, following complaints about the congested marina development from residents, Portishead councillor Reyna Knight is asking North Somerset Council highways chiefs and dock developers whether signs can be provided.Councillor Knight said: "There are 100 much needed parking spaces at this car park which would really help ease congestion at the marina."However, there are no signs directing people to this car park or telling motorists that it even exists."There needs to be some signage off of Newfoundland Way directing people to it."I am delighted that more parking is being provided by the developers, but what is the point of having it if no-one knows it is there?"The road is still owned by dock developers and has yet to be officially adopted by North Somerset Council who is responsible for installing road signs.If the developer wanted to install signs to the car park it would still have to seek planning permission from the authority.North Somerset Council spokesman Steve Makin said: "This is not a car park owned by us and therefore we would not put up signs directing people to it. That is the responsibility of the developer.


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