Meeting hears about number of parking issues

December 29 2017
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PARKING in Wells was a major topic of conversation at the PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting held in the Town Hall on November 28.

Reduced car park fees for people who work in Wells or the first hour’s parking for free were put forward as measures that could see more use made of available car parking space, and reduce parking by non-residents in residential streets.

“There is a huge problem with parking in the city,” said Bobby Appleby, who suggested that a park and ride system could help the situation.

Malcolm Burton complained about “nuisance parking” in Ash Lane, and said: “Parking charges are too high. It’s forcing the people who work in the city to park in our road. An ambulance can’t get down there.”

Residents of St Cuthbert Street were vociferous in their calls for a residents’ parking scheme that would allow them to park near their homes for at least part of the day.

Sarah Villiers said that residents of the street were overwhelmingly in favour of such a scheme, as well as some of the businesses.

Paula Pimblott said that permit schemes work effectively in Bath and Bristol. “I don’t have a car because I can’t park it. You can’t park anywhere in Wells for more than 24 hours,” she said.

Councillor Jim Reeves said that he was in favour of the existing arrangement, because the convenience of being able to stop for a short while to call in at shops or the launderette was a big benefit to businesses, and not being able to do so would have a serious impact on the city.

Other issues raised at the meeting included:

• Concerns about rubbish strewn about by youngsters in the Recreation Ground. David Ellis said that one of his dogs had become ill from eating litter, and added: “What I don’t understand is that there is no deterrent.” PC Darren Pearson said that the police will not be issuing fines to juveniles as they cannot pay them.

• Issues with young motorists congregating at the Waitrose car park in the evenings. PC Pearson said that the police do patrol there at night, that there is monitoring by CCTV, and that Waitrose had been asked to switch off the lights earlier, and to switch off their free wifi service. The situation is going to be discussed further at a multi-agency meeting with Waitrose.

• The problems caused in the vicinity of Tor Street when a lorry broke down on carnival night. Resident Cath Bristow said that the situation persisted for four hours, and said people had not been given enough notice to move their cars from Tor Street before the event. PC Pearson said that he would feed the information back at the carnivals debrief meeting and ask that people are notified earlier in future about the need to move their vehicles.

• The potential for an accident because of motorists travelling up Bristol Hill and ignoring the ‘no right turn’ sign and turning into College Road anyway. PC Pearson said he was there when he could be and does sometimes catch offenders.

• The persistent problem of rats in the Lovers Walk area. Mendip District Council is to be notified that the rat trap is overgrown, while Councillor Roy Mackenzie said that anything likely to attract rats is removed each day by city council staff.

• The dangers of crossing Princes Road between Tesco and the bus station. Christina Borastero, who was chairing the meeting, said that the possibility of putting a zebra crossing there had been explored, but there was not enough space.