Disputes over yellow lines planned for residential streets have once again cast the spotlight on one of Canterbury’s most contentious issues – parking.
A meeting last night (Monday) heard how opinion in Barton Road had been polarised between those who support additional parking restrictions and those who don’t.
The residential street close to Pilgrims Way Primary School sees parents delivering and collecting children and workers using it instead of paid-for car parks closer to the city centre.
Canterbury City Council’s annual parking review found that 43 people support the introduction of new lines in Barton Road while 25 are against.
Resident Nick Gill told yesterday’s Canterbury Area Member Panel that he is in favour of more restrictions.
“The situation has got progressively worse,” Mr Gill said. “There are people who park there and go to work, students and even drivers leaving cars up for sale.
“It’s the only road without restrictions in the area. It’s long road which is basically now a corridor of cars. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
But Adam Heap spoke against the proposal, arguing that fewer cars parked on the road would increase the speed of traffic.
He told the Canterbury area member panel: “I feel if the proposal for more lines goes ahead it will be to the detriment of public safety.
“I’ve got a family and there are children walking along the road. I feel that parked cars create their own traffic calming.
“Emergency vehicles and bin lorries can still get along the road without a problem.”
Barton ward councillor Steve Williams, who lives in nearby Mount Road, canvassed residents about the proposals and found opinion divided.
“People tend to have different issues with the road,” the Conservative said.
“The difficulty with this is that there is no unanimous view on what should be done about parking issues.
“But I have to say that the creation of new yellow lines does seem to be the best thing to do in a difficult situation.”
The proposal in the council’s parking review is for single yellow lines in effect from 9am to 1oam and from 2pm to 3pm on one side of the road plus double yellow lines at pinch points.
The area panel voted nine in favour with one abstention on the proposals.
A final decision on all the proposals in the parking review will be taken by the Joint Transportation Board, which consists of both city and county councillors, later in the year.