Safety and design of parking bays questioned

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 28 June 2017

The new parking bays.

The new parking bays.

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Drivers are questioning the design of new parking bays in Portishead which leave cars blocked in and larger vehicles unable to pass.

Station Road, which leads into Harbour Road and Brunel Court car park, already had six disabled bays and three parking spaces.

North Somerset Council has recently added road markings to incorporate five more spaces, but drivers claim they have been poorly designed and cars could become blocked in.

Liese Stanley said: “Unfortunately, the last space to the side of the road, which is a newly white-marked and therefore discretionary disabled bay, is positioned so close to the last of the three parking spaces at the top of the road that if a car actually parked there and somebody used the disabled space you would be unable to move your car.

“I am genuinely flummoxed as to why this can be discussed, designed, temporarily marked up, finally marked up and all without any engineer, workman or council representative noting an obvious problem and stopping it.

“No doubt the costs will increase with the need to correct it.”

Safety issues have also been raised regarding the size of the new spaces. Although they meet the minimum size requirements, cars have to park slightly away from the kerb due to a low fence.

Mrs Stanely added: “If you drive into the road and park you can only get out of your car if you leave enough space to open the door, meaning the cars parked there overhang the designed space and protrude into the road so much so that access for bigger vehicles to Brunel Court struggle to pass and removal and delivery lorries are often unable to turn into or get out of the car park.

“Many drivers are now using the car park to turn around. This car park is used by elderly people, with walking aids or in wheelchairs.

“It is clear this has not been planned with safety or common sense applied.”

North Somerset Council has confirmed it is looking into the issue.

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