'Discreet' cameras set to monitor bad parking

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 January 2019

Newfoundland Way, Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Newfoundland Way, Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Cameras have been installed around Portishead’s marina in a bid to crack down on ‘inconsiderate’ parking and help unreliable bus services.

North Somerset Council hopes to tackle long-standing issues on the roads through the marina development, which has a network of narrow roads, and a councillor believes there are now no excuses for a shoddy service.

Buses and emergency service vehicles have had difficulties navigating the marina over the years, and the council is running a trial of double yellow lines in Newfoundland Way and Phoenix Way to try to unclog the roads.

First Bus earlier this month decided to re-route its X3A service, which had run through Newfoundland Way and Phoenix Way, around the marina development due to ‘badly-parked cars’ – prompting frustration from the council which had painted the yellow lines just a fortnight beforehand.

Portishead East councillor David Pasley hopes the new cameras will reduce traffic problems and lead to a more reliable bus service.

He said: “I have asked officers to put some discreet cameras in the areas where there are known problems with buses. They have been installed, but they are not intrusive. They clearly focus on the road itself.

“We are now in a position of being able to monitor the buses and parking, and we are upping the enforcement on the road to make sure the bus company cannot come back to us. There are no excuses now.

“Bus drivers may deny it, but we will have the evidence on camera. They are there to crack down on the problem.”

Cllr Pasley added there have been calls for smaller buses, but this has been ruled out by First Bus due to costs.

A council spokesman called on homeowners to take more care when parking outside their homes.

They said: “Inconsiderate parking continues to be a problem in this area and we would urge all residents to think about other road users before they leave their vehicles. Buses and emergency vehicles have all experienced problems passing some vehicles in the area.

“Our parking enforcement officers are regularly visiting the area to monitor the situation.

“To help the situation, we have installed yellow lines as part of an experimental scheme and we are continuing to monitor this.”

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