Double yellow lines plan gets green light
DOUBLE yellow lines are to be installed in a leafy village near Runcorn despite objections from a nearby school and parish council.
Halton Borough Council’s executive board’s approved the ‘at any time’ waiting restrictions on December 15.
The yellow lines will be painted in the vicinity of Moore Primary School including on Runcorn Road.
Objectors had argued that they would diminish the area’s village feel and were not needed.
Proposals for double yellows were sparked more than 18 months ago with a complaint from a resident over parked cars blocking sight lines during school drop-off and pick-up times.
It had been argued by objectors that the lines would be inflicted on the neighbourhood around the clock for a problem that only occurred twice a day.
Critics also said the double white lines along the centre of the road prohibited parking anyway.
The school had been using its own ad hoc solution of sending the caretaker to place traffic cones at key times of the day.
Staff had warned that children would be less safe by having to walk further along main roads and that travel by foot was not an option for many pupils because of where they lived.
Moore Parish Council had described the parking problem in the area ‘minor’.
Police and Halton Council had backed the plans.
In a letter to the Weekly News before the decision to approve went ahead, Catherine Fitch, clerk to the parish council, said: “Moore Parish Council, Moore Primary School and indeed all the village residents we have heard from do not wish to see double yellow lines, preferring to work together to ameliorate this issue.
“All these parties are extremely concerned that this will merely push parking further out into areas where it is less safe to park and is unnecessary expense at a time when the public purse is under such enormous pressure – £1,000 has been quoted as the cost, but clearly this cannot factor in all the officer-time disproportionately taken up by this matter.”