Islanders Respond To Further Traffic Consultation

yellow lines going downThe Council wants to know whether you’d like changes to traffic management on St Mary’s following the introduction of the yellow parking lines around Hugh Town last October.

And the Town Hall has already received some ideas and suggestions since the consultation began last week.

One respondent has raised concerns over the speed of motor vehicles and cycles particularly between Tremelethen and Normandy. That’s brought a call for a system of footpaths and cycleways to be developed, separate from the main road.

A school bus has also been suggested to improve travel-to-school safety.

In 2012 the Council appointed a crossing patrol officer to help children across the road at Nowhere but for much of this year there’s been no lollypop person and the position remains unfilled.

Whilst a concern that parking restrictions could encourage locals to shop online rather than in town has also been communicated to the Council, most Hugh Town traders we spoke to were supportive of the 7 day, 9am to 6pm parking ban.

Terry Ward who owns 49 Degrees and The Foredeck stores says Hugh Street looks, “more appealing” when it is clear of parked cars.

Businessman Jon May says he’s prevented from unloading when he wants to, but overall the daytime parking restriction is “for the common good” and he supports it as, “town is much improved” by it.

Tanglewood Kitchen owner Euan Rodger says he wants things to stay just as they are, because the current arrangement “works absolutely spot on.”

Island Rover Bus Tour operator Glynne Lucas says that Hugh Street is much easier to drive down without parked cars on one side, but he’d like some of the yellow lines on residential streets reassessed. Glynne says the Sallyport restriction is tough on the residents.

And Terry Ward wants someone to tackle the car parking just before The Dairy, which can make it tough to see oncoming traffic before heading down The Strand.

One local has written to the Council suggesting that motorists should be granted five minutes parking time outside the bank so working people can quickly deal with banking.

The Town Hall will receive your comments until 24th July, but if you’d like more police parking patrols, that is unlikely.

Last night, Sergeant Colin Taylor said he’s not a traffic warden and his police investigation and safeguarding duties will always take priority over any changes to parking arrangements.

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