Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Lib Dem councillor Stephen Fenton has called for action to stop out-of-town coaches from clogging up suburban streets.
The start of the St Nicholas Christmas Fair has seen a surge in coach parties coming to the city. The influx of visitors is a welcome boost to the local economy, but some coach firms are failing to make use of the parking facilities provided by Make it York.
Photographed below is a coach that was parked up on The Horseshoe, off Tadcaster Road, on Saturday 18 November.
Stephen Fenton said “When there is ample coach parking being provided, it is unacceptable that some coach firms are choosing to clog up residential streets that cannot cope with such large vehicles.
“I have raised this with Make it York, and they have confirmed that there are spaces available for coaches at the designated parking places.”
A Make it York spokesperson commented “We operate a booking system for the weekends of the Christmas Market, which involves managing a couple of sites with a team of stewards to welcome the coaches and help park. We work with Parking Services and the Highways department to ensure the huge demand for coach parking has little impact on the local infrastructure (we currently have over 400 coaches booked in over the period which is approx. 22,000 visitors). It’s disappointing that this coach company has avoided the booking system – we had space available.”
At a Decision Meeting on 14 September, the council’s Executive Member for Planning & Transport, Cllr Ian Gillies, approved the installation of double yellow lines at a number of locations. These measures will now be advertised, with the opportunity for residents to object if they wish to.
The report that sets out the proposed double yellow lines is available Here. The locations where double yellow lines were approved are:
- Junction of Cherry Lane and St Edwards Close (see map below)
- Junction of Ainsty Avenue and Mayfield Grove
- Junction of Nelsons Lane and Breary Close
- Moorcroft Road, from the doctors surgery to first junction with Bramble Dene
However a number of additional schemes which local ward councillors had supported were turned down:
- Moor Lane, near the entrance to Chapmans Pond
- North Lane, near junction with Jervis Road
- Junction of Acorn Way and Wharfe Drive
- Moorcroft Road, in front of the dentists
Cllr Ann Reid spoke at the meeting to ask Cllr Gillies to include these additional schemes, but to no avail.
In a recent survey undertaken by local Lib Dem councillors, Slingsby Grove residents expressed concerns about sight lines being blocked by cars parking in the ‘loading bay’ in front of the shops on Tadcaster Road. When cars, and in particular vans, park here, it obstructs motorists’ view of vehicles coming from the left as they pull out of Slingsby Grove.
We recently took this photo showing the ‘parking bay’ beyond the bus stop empty, whilst cars parked in the ‘loading bay’ (and in one case obstructed the cycle path).
We have asked council officers about the possibility of painting more striking markings for the loading bay, but this idea has not found favour. We will continue to press for action, as this is a matter of public safety about which residents have concerns.
The council has re-painted the faded white lines in the Chapmans Pond car park on Moor Lane. In addition, yellow crosshatch markings have been painted in front of the entrance to the pond area, to reduce the risk of motorists blocking access.
Chapmans Pond car park
Concerns have been raised about York College students using the car park for all-day parking, which reduces the spaces available for visitors to the pond and customers at the Love to Eat café. Cllr Stephen Fenton has raised this issue with the College.
An example of ‘problem parking’ is pictured below.
We continue to receive complaints about irresponsible and inconsiderate parking across the ward, most recently on Tadcaster Road near to the Co-op garage.
The photograph below taken earlier this week shows, incredibly, a car parked slap bang in the middle of the footpath whilst the driver went into the Co-op.
The police have been notified.
Residents are being asked not to park on Railway View and Northfield Terrace on Wednesday 19 October between 9am and 3pm to enable a ‘deep clean’ of the street to take place.
Councillors Ashley Mason and Stephen Fenton canvassed opinion among residents of The Horseshoe over the weekend about how to tackle thoughtless and dangerous parking,
Access to the street is being hindered by non-residents parking up in The Horseshoe, off Tadcaster Road, and then going into town or perhaps to York College. The photograph below demonstrates the issues residents face.
Barely enough room for a car to get through, let alone an emergency vehicle
Stephen and Ashley asked residents for their views on potential options such as extending the double yellow lines, or installing single yellow lines to prevent parking on the street on weekdays during working hours. This latter approach has been used on nearby Middlethorpe Drive.
Stephen commented “We got a lot of helpful feedback from the residents whom we spoke with. We are mindful of the risk of solving one problem but in doing so creating new problems, such as pushing commuter parking further into the street. That’s why we’re seeking residents’ views on this issue.”
The parking restrictions proposed for the junction of Mayfield Grove and Aintree Court were approved at a Decision Session of the Executive Member for Planning & Transport on 12th May.
The printed decision sheet from the meeting is available Here.
The move was prompted by concerns raised about the impact of parking on or near the junction by visitors to Railway Pond and problematic parking around school drop-off and pick-up times.
An extension of parking restrictions on Mayfield Grove is being recommended by York Council officials. at a meeting taking place on 12th May.
The meeting is open to the public and an agenda can be found by clicking here
The restrictions are aimed at controlling parking generated by the nearby fishing lake. They would affect part of Mayfield Grove and Aintree Court.
Committee report page 2
Committee report page 2
The meeting will also consider changes to traffic orders in other parts of the City These include (click to access):
- Annex A Clifton, item 4. PDF 193 KB
- Annex B Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward, item 4. PDF 158 KB
- Annex C Fishergate Ward, item 4. PDF 554 KB
- Annex D Fulford and Heslington Ward, item 4. PDF 139 KB
- Annex E Guildhall Ward, item 4. PDF 144 KB
- Annex F Haxby Ward, item 4. PDF 112 KB
- Annex G Heworth Ward, item 4. PDF 188 KB
- Annex H Holgate Ward, item 4. PDF 157 KB
- Annex I Micklegate Ward, item 4. PDF 202 KB
- Annex J Rawcliffe and Clifton Without Ward, item 4. PDF 110 KB
Double yellow lines have been installed at the junction of Chaloners Road and Wains Road, to help keep the junction clear of inappropriate parking.
Chaloners Rd / Wains Rd junction
There had also been a proposal to put down double yellow lines at the junction of Mayfield Grove and Aintree Court. Late last year Cllr Stephen Fenton spoke with local residents about the proposal, and there were a mixtures of views – whilst many residents recognised the issues caused by vehicles parking near to – and sometimes on- the corners, there were some concerns about parking being displaced further into Aintree Court.
The proposals were advertised, and some objections were raised. This means that the matter will be considered at a public Executive Member for Transport and Planning Decision Meeting next month.