Town centre parking chaos?

THE chairman of a prominent community group says he is worried that a proposed parking scheme could spark traffic chaos in parts of Weston

THE chairman of a prominent community group says he is worried that a proposed parking scheme could spark traffic chaos in parts of Weston.North Somerset Council has carried out a major public consultation exercise on what residents think of plans to transfer responsibility for enforcing on-street parking to the council from the police.As part of the proposals an area would be created in the town centre with charges for on-street spaces.Weston West Local Action Team (LAT) chairman, David Cordingley, has written to North Somerset Council to voice his concerns over the proposed system.He said: "All-day parkers will go out further, perhaps nearly a kilometre, into the residential streets outside the centre. This will not only increase traffic flow in these areas, but also aggravate residents who have limited or no off-street parking. If they remove their cars during the day they may not get them back in again. "There will be confusion and further dissatisfaction as residents try to find out who is responsible for inconsiderate parking and obstruction problems in areas which are not patrolled and not transferred."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "A public consultation has been carried out and all views will be taken into account."If approved, the proposals will be submitted to central Government which will have the final say on whether to allow the transfer in March 2008.


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