Clevedon residents launch petition to remove yellow lines from street
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 August 2017
Residents in a Clevedon street say they are 'extremely upset' about North Somerset Council's parking crackdown.
The petition has been signed by 18 people living in Long Avenue, who believe the cul-de-sac’s single yellow lines on both sides of the road should be removed by North Somerset Council.
They claim it does not qualify for civil parking enforcement requirements, which the district authority took responsibility for in April, due to its distance from shops and schools, and its low levels of footfall.
They are also angry that seven penalty notices have been issued in the road.
Mike Bisacre, who is leading the campaign, said: “Homeowners in Long Avenue are extremely upset about the North Somerset clampdown on parking.
“We have happily parked our cars outside our homes for the past 20 years or so without fear of prosecution.
“But many homes have more than one car and most driveways in the road are quite small.
“It now means that residents have to park up to a quarter of a mile away with all the ensuing problems of vandalism and extra car insurance premiums.
“We have asked North Somerset Council to remove our yellow lines promptly.
“It has acknowledged our petition with a vague promise to look at the situation in the next annual review.”
However, North Somerset Council says there are no exemptions when it comes to CPE and that restrictions must be enforced consistently.
But it has revealed a review of possible changes to parking restrictions in Clevedon is due to be carried out this year before a statutory consultation period.
A council spokesman added: “It’s inevitable that the justification for yellow lines change with time, whether its businesses opening or closing, new houses being built, or simply changing attitudes towards congestion caused by parked cars.
“However, we don’t routinely review existing parking restrictions, only where we have been asked to do so. “The single yellow line has been clearly marked and signed on Long Avenue since 1968, but it is only since enforcement restarted in April that we’ve been contacted regarding the appropriateness of the restrictions.
“We were already due to review requests for changes to parking restrictions in Clevedon this financial year, and Long Avenue has been added to the list for consideration.
“It may be relevant to note that we have also been contacted by some residents of Long Avenue asking that the restrictions are retained.”