Wetherby parking strategy concerns emerge

The Sandringham Road area of Wetherby. 091029GS7d.

The Sandringham Road area of Wetherby. 091029GS7d.

  • Residents around Sandringham Road call for residents only parking to form part of strategy
  • Plans would see restricted parking to four hours only at the majority of sites
  • The proposals have not been finalised yet, though a meeting is taking place today (April 2)
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Residents concerned about the strategy to overhaul parking in Wetherby have called for consideration of the impact on their streets.

Particularly focused around Sandringham Road, several members of the public have got in touch with the Wetherby News to have their say on proposals to restrict car parks at Wilderness, Crossley Street, James Street, and the Council Offices to four hours only.

It will be worse if the proposals come in because logic dictates the people on the four hour car parks are going to go onto residential streets.

Sandringham Road resident Michael Bee

Conscious of people already parking outside their houses in the day, residents have asked for residents only parking in certain areas to form part of the strategy.

Sandringham Road resident Daniel Dinner said: “This is one of the nearer roads to the centre of Wetherby and it is absolutely horrendous. You can’t get parked outside your own house.

“It would be good if it was residents only parking and with four hours it would make it even worse here.”

Michael Bee added: “I am worried about these changes the council is proposing and what the impact will be.

“I go out sometimes and I can’t park outside my house and I think ultimately residents parking might be the answer to this.

“It will be worse if the proposals come in because logic dictates the people on the four hour car parks are going to go onto residential streets.”

Parking at Hallfield Lane lorry park would also be restricted to four hours but 25 per cent of spaces would be set aside for long stay.

Station Gardens car park would be completely unrestricted, while the Horsefair Centre will stay at two hours.

Wetherby Coun Gerald Wilkinson (Con) said: “The plans have not been finalised yet and we have still got a few things to sort out, including the possibility of residents only parking in areas most likely to be affected by people that work in the town wanting to parking close to where they work.

“It is a potential problem and we will try and address it. I have said I will address this with my ward colleagues and traffic engineers to see if a solution can be found.”

A meeting is taking place today (April 2) between council officers and ward members. For news on the outcome of this meeting see next week’s Wetherby News (published on April 9).