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Friday, October 5, 2012
THE war on fare-dodging motorists who clog up roads surrounding the James Paget Hospital has started with plans to lay down double yellow lines in jam-packed streets.
Residents have become increasingly frustrated by the number of cars being left near their homes by drivers who want to avoid the fees in the hospital’s car park, and have been pushing for years for measures to be put in place to move them out of their roads.
And their calls have now been answered as the borough council has announced action is being taken in the “fire fight” against problem parkers.
Double yellow lines are set to be laid along the length of Jenner Road, Paget Crescent and Barnard Close with seven day week restrictions.
The news came at Tuesday’s Gorleston Area Committee meeting when chairman and borough council leader Trevor Wainwright updated residents about the situation.
He said the work to put the lines in place is hoped to be “fast tracked” as money for their installation has already been set aside.
“There’s funding available to put these in place as Persimmon Homes (who built many of the properties in the affected roads) have lodged £5,000 with the county council and the James Paget has also offered £5,000 to put these traffic regulations in place,” he added.
“The hold up comes when there’s no funding. Regulations in Gresham Close took three to four years to come to fruition but because there’s funding available a county council officer seems to think this can be fast tracked.”
Despite action finally being taken Mr Wainwright admitted the work was an initial battle in an ongoing war, as he expected the lines would push the problem parkers into surrounding roads.
He said: “What we’re trying to do is pick off one bit at a time but we’re determined to try and sort out the other problems as well.
“We know what happens; you put double yellow lines down somewhere and push the problems elsewhere. It’s a very difficult situation to address but we’re doing our best.”
Fellow councillor Brian Walker supported his position and added: “It would be hopeless trying to cover the whole area in one hit.
“The first was Jenner Road, which seemed to be the worst effected. We’re in a position where we have just got to fire fight each spot.”
The lines will carry restrictions seven days a week from 7.30am - 6pm but will only be put in place if a majority of residents vote for them in a consultation.
Residents at the meeting welcomed the action and hoped their neighbours would vote in favour of the lines.
Alan Poole, 48, who lives on the estate, said: “On a housing estate like that or anywhere around the hospital you’re never going to solve the problem in one go.
“We have got to start somewhere.”