Busi­nesses hit out over plans for park­ing re­stric­tions

Scheme aims to im­prove safety of vil­lage roads

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Wye The Double Yellows? - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Busi­ness own­ers have spo­ken of their anger and dis­ap­point­ment over plans to in­tro­duce park­ing re­stric­tions in Wye.

Mem­bers of the Joint Trans­porta­tion Board ap­proved the pro­posal for a traf­fic man­age­ment scheme at its meet­ing ear­lier this month, which is de­signed to ad­dress safety con­cerns within the vil­lage.

The scheme will see dou­ble yel­low lines in­tro­duced close to the en­trance of the rail­way sta­tion’s car park, in Bram­ble Street, on both sides of the road along a sec­tion of Bridge Street, and at the bot­tom end of Church­field Way, again, on both sides of the road.

It is hoped this will al­low for a free flow of traf­fic at sev­eral pinch-points, and will “avoid dan­ger to peo­ple or other traf­fic us­ing these roads”.

At the same time, bus stop clear­ways will also be placed in Bridge Street, Up­per Bridge Street and the High Street.

Two ar­eas of lim­ited-stay park­ing in the High Street and Olantigh Road are also set to be re­moved.

Although the pro­posal had the sup­port of the parish coun­cil and ward mem­ber for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, Cllr Noel Oven­den, ob­jec­tions were put for­ward by the Wye Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA).

Ian Cool­ing

Sec­re­tary Ian Cool­ing, who spoke at the meet­ing, said the pro­posed scheme would see be­tween 12 and 15 spa­ces re­moved across the vil­lage.

He said: “There are pinch­points around the vil­lage.

“There are stop­pages, per­haps one or two a month and none lasts more than a few min­utes. The so­lu­tion is the im­po­si­tion of dou­ble yel­low lines in force 24 hours a day ev­ery sin­gle day of the year.

“There are no traf­fic mat­ters in Wye of any sort that re­quire such dra­co­nian mea­sures.”

He added that there was al­ready a “chronic short­age of park­ing places” in Wye and that road safety mea­sures need to be pro­por­tion­ate, adding that Kent County Coun­cil’s fig­ures show 14 ac­ci­dents recorded in and around the vil­lage be­tween 2000 to 2010, but not one was at­trib­ut­able to parked cars.

How­ever, de­spite Mr Cool- ing’s ap­peal, the mea­sures were ap­proved.

Board mem­ber and Kent County Coun­cil Cllr An­drew Wick­ham, said: “I sup­port this in the same way the ward mem­ber does. The spa­ces are be­ing taken away in ar­eas where there are ac­cess prob­lems. This is the right way for­ward.”

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, WBA mem­ber Peter Suther­land, who owns Tick­ety­boo gift shop, in Bridge Street, with his wife Ann, said he was frus­trated the scheme is go­ing ahead.

He said: “We are dis­ap­pointed. Nine busi­nesses will be af­fected by the lines in Bridge Street, plus there will be knock-on ef­fects.

“What angers me is that this has been de­cided by peo­ple who don’t live here, or work here.”

‘There are stop­pages, per­haps one or two a month and none lasts more than a few min­utes. The so­lu­tion is the im­po­si­tion of dou­ble yel­low lines in force 24 hours a day ev­ery sin­gle day of the year’

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Bridge Street will have dou­ble yel­low lines

Church­field Way will have dou­ble yel­low lines

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