Council looking to cut waiting times to help parking issues

Caistor news EMN-140608-093813001
Caistor news EMN-140608-093813001

Parking in Caistor has become a persistent problem, now the town council is taking action to alleviate the frustration of residents and visitors alike.

The issue was highlighted further at last week’s town council meeting when one resident described her Saturday shopping trip on September 6 as a “nightmare”.

“Driving up Nettleton Road there was parking on the brow of a hill all the way along,” she told councillors during the public forum.

She went on to describe double and triple parking outside Spar in Horsemarket and further problems on other roads, forcing her at one point to back into someone’s drive to let a lorry past.

“I gave up and went home in the end,” she added.

Parking problems on this occasion had been made worse by the entry exams taking place at the Grammar School, which had advised parents of designated car parks, coupled with the continued closure of North Kelsey Road.

“The school has done everything we asked but it is the stupidity of the drivers,” said Coun Alan Caine.

Another exam morning takes place this Saturday.

“I suggest we speak to police and get an officer on standby to give advice and issue tickets if necessary,” added Coun Caine.

Already working on additional parking, the council has secured the use of the forecourt at the former Acis depot in Mill Lane.

“The area will be marked out in bays to accommodate around a dozen vehicles,” said town council clerk Helen Pitman.

The council is also proposing to restrict waiting time within the market place to two hours, together with removing the double yellow lines leading off the market place down Plough Hill.

The public notice goes out this week to begin the period of consultation.

Caistor Mayor said a ‘cordinated effort’ was needed to help deal with parking issues.

“We have spoken to Caistor Grammar at length. We have opened a car park area on North kelsey Road and have encouraged them to use it.”

With roadworks continuing on North Kelsey Road, however, this has made access unavailable. The roadworks are due to finish on September 19

Suggestions were also made of some form of ‘park and ride’ as well as using part of the sports ground for parking.

“The majority of parents would park here if they knew,” said Coun Burns-Salmond.