Council Chairman Backs Yellow Lines To Control Hugh Town Traffic

co-op car parkingCouncillors yesterday rejected a proposal to restrict parking on Hugh Street.

Chaiman of the General Purposes Committee, Steve Sims had wanted to add flower planters in the road outside the Co-op.

His proposal was defeated unanimously. Yellow ‘no-parking’ lines will now be painted once the road is resurfaced.

Council Chairman Amanda Martin accepted that some locals feel the lines are not pretty but she said action had to be taken to deal with “the main artery.”

Amanda feels that yellow lines are “a fact of life” and they have been a feature in Scilly for years.

Cllr Sims argued that the floral planters would improve the appearance of town and appeal to tourists more than yellow lines.

Steve’s planters would have narrowed the roadway but not as much as parked cars do. Extra width would mean freight vehicles wouldn’t have to mount the walkway and they were a cheaper solution than widening the pavement, he said.

Many opponents of the plan argued that disabled drivers would find shopping difficult if they couldn’t stop outside the Co-op.

But yesterday Steve told councillors they’d still have a shorter distance to walk than mainland shoppers.

Cllr Amanda Martin said that the Council needed to assist people with real mobility issues but there were some locals who could make an effort to carry their shopping further than they do.

Despite strong views for and against the plan, only 6 of the 11 councillors on the General Purpose Committee attended the vote.

The Island’ Partnership received 33 responses over the plans and Amanda Pender told the meeting that there had been equal numbers for and against the idea.

But most councillors spoke of widespread opposition.

Cllr Andy Guy undertook a massive amount of work researching local opinion. He picked 121 people randomly on the electoral roll and called them.

Only one person backed the planter scheme, he said. The rest said no.

Sergeant Colin Taylor explained that our Council is one of only a handful that hasn’t taken on parking enforcement. It remains a criminal and police matter in Scilly.

He advised that the legislation “is an invitation” for the Authority to take it on and patrol as they wish.

Whilst he was assured that issuing a few tickets would be enough to encourage compliance, he told the meeting that parking issues will not become a police priority.

Colin says the police won’t issue tickets every day and he doesn’t know how regularly his team can patrol.

But he says when they’re in Hugh Street doing other duties they’ll look out for parking offenders.

Drivers will still be able to stop on the lines when loading although Colin says that is complex. For example, he says, it can be taking or collecting a package from the Post Office, but not a letter.

Cllr Chris Thomas pointed out that a vehicle regularly parks in Hugh Street advertising a business.

Cllr Martin says a lot more thought needs to be given to a long-term solution and Steve Sims says he hopes they will be able to revisit traffic management and the town’s appearance soon.

Steve feels if there’s money available in the future, Hugh Street could still be made into more of a public space.

7 Responses to Council Chairman Backs Yellow Lines To Control Hugh Town Traffic

  1. Islander April 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    When we previously had yellow lines a police presence & word of caution was all that was neccessary – it worked!
    I am not putting my actual name to this comment, the last time I did on Scilly Today, I received two responses to my private email address from Councillor Sims – I did not give it to him.

    • Steve Sims April 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      If there are posts on Scilly Today regarding council issues that I’m particularly involved in and there is a name, I generally send an email to try and respond to any issues they may have. In all cases bar this one the response has been positive.

      In this instance I didn’t have the persons email but I had a very close one and used a little common sense. If it had bounced I would have sent a message on facebook.

      In my view I was merely doing what I’m supposed to do as a councillor, and will continue to do this. Though not to this particular person who I won’t be contacting again.

  2. Dottie North April 17, 2014 at 12:12 am

    On the mainland people with a disability who have a Disability Badge for their car can park on double yellow lines as long as they do not cause an obstruction. I guess this applies in Scilly too?

    • Ian T. April 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Unfortunately, Disability Badges are often issued for minor ailments. I have a walking and balance problem and often use a stick but I wouldn’t consider getting a badge even though some friends have suggested that I should. Many badge owners miss-use their rights by parking in dangerous places often just feet from a proper legal (not free!) parking space. Badges are sometimes ‘borrowed’ too! OK, so I’m a grumpy old man!

  3. DLL April 16, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    For Police info:
    Section 72 (in force since 1880) of Highway act states it is an offence to drive on the footpath/pavement unless to cross it to enter private property.
    Rule 145 of Highway code states it is an offence to drive on a pavement.
    Section 137 of the Highway act 1980 prohibits parking causing obstruction of the highway.
    All fineable offences, not Council issues, Police issues.

  4. DLL April 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Yellow lines have not worked since they were changed from No Parking Monday to Saturday 9 to 6pm, to No Parking at Any Time.
    You have to ask why it was ever changed when no enforcement was provided? It was before the change by….. the Police.

    When the new road surface is ripped up to re-new the sewer, widen the pavement on that side (west side) a.Stop the parking b The repair will never be as good so cover it with a pavement.
    Parking in the main street is obstructing the Highway= a Police matter, £60 fixed penalty.
    You do not drive on the pavement, it is in the Highway code= Police matter, £60 fixed penalty. Same drivers do it daily, most are commercial, there fore so call professional drivers who should know better??
    There is no excuse for driving on the pavement, you are damaging the pavement.
    Hugh Street row are listed buildings, when there is damage to the granite work window sills, door surrounds etc they will be un-match able stonewise and irreplaceable skill wise.
    Will it take a resident stepping out of their own front door on to the pavement to be killed to enforce the law? Off your butts Police
    And brilliant comment Chairwoman Martin, Yellow lines maybe a “feature in Life” it does not make them compulsory! Widen the pavement, make it safer for pedestrians with the excessive speed driven by most people, and no need for yellow lines or the Police to have extra work.

  5. Jeff Eastick April 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Only 6 out of 11 on the committee bothered to attend this vote !!!
    On something affecting the whole populace do you not think 100% attendance should be the aim ?