Dou­ble yel­low lines plan gets green light

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

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.”

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