resident calls for end to parking chaos in side streets
Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week called on councillors to reduce
parking charges - or scrap them altogether - to reduce 'growing
parking problems' in side streets across the town.
Nick Hubbard, pictured, addressed town councillors about
the issue of crowded side streets surrounding the town centre during
a meeting on Monday evening (July 10th).
believe very strongly that town centre parking in Burnham-On-Sea
is a growing problem - parking charges should be heavily subsidised
or even free," he said.
are three main reasons for this - one is that expensive and inconvenient
parking is a deterrent to visitors, who are the lifeblood of the
second reason is that people who work locally are also deterred.
The costs are a form of tax on their incomes, and understandably
they avoid the costs where they can - by parking on the streets
away from the town centre."
third reason is safety - I frequently see impatient drivers driving
on footpaths and even across gardens to get past."
says: "Cheap short term parking and attractively priced season
ticket parking for people who work in the town is the answer. It
would go a long way to resolving a problem which causes increasing
ill feeling and unpleasantness, and reflects badly on our town.
It would be good for our economy and for traffic congestion and
note that councils desperately need revenue - but I also note that
there is still plenty of demand in the town centre car parks."
my area, people routinely park outside the sheltered homes in Priory
Gardens. In recent months, this problem has worsened and now extends
into the minor closes as well. It is now fairly common to see cars
driving on the pavements outside the sheltered accommodation as
the traffic bottlenecks. This is not good for the vulnerable people
who live there; it is also a subject of considerable anger throughout
Janet Keen, a district and town councillor, told Monday's meeting:
"I fully appreciate the concerns that the gentleman has and
I can certainly raise the matter and ask for changes, however I
do hold out much hope for that."
inconsiderate and thoughtless parking highlighted needs to be discussed
with the county council and, as the county councillor for Highbridge
is now the portfolio holder for transport, we should ask him if
the highways engineers can suggest some restrictions that can be
enforced so that residents are not inconvenienced."
Nick Tolley suggested that an all-day "business discount
ticket" be considered for those working in the town centre
to help address the issue.
immediate problem is that there will be an accident in Priory Gardens,
road rage and more heated debates. There are all sorts of problems
down there, especially around 5 to 5.30pm in the evening - it needs
to be seriously addressed."
Michael Clarke added that "as a former resident of Priory
Gardens I sympathize with the residents" and he said a solution
does need to be found, however he cautioned that even with reduced
parking fees some drivers would still seek out free parking in the
Kate Lawson said: "I think the suggestion of a season ticket
could be an idea for Sedgemoor - what concerns me is the immediate
danger of people driving on pavements and what happens if an ambulance
or fire brigade is needed?"
Phil Harvey suggested "an approach be made to the cabinet
member for highways to address the parking in the residential areas".
He said yellow lines could be considered to prevent parking during
the day. "There isn't a possibility of starting a residents
parking scheme as we know the County's criteria is that 70 or 90%
of properties do not have off-street parking - but most properties
there do have off-street parking."
added that the councils have a difficult balancing decision to make
in weighing up the costs of parking versus potential income.
was decided that the Town Clerk Tatiana Cant would take up
the matter with Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council
to examine potential solutions in more detail.