New Traffic Restrictions Likely Following Review
The Council wants to tidy up existing regulations, described by Cllr Steve Sims as “a hotch potch,” into a single comprehensive traffic order.
Councillors have seen an overview of the 61 responses sent in by locals. Many feature concerns over speed or lack of parking spaces.
The exercise has been undertaken to assess which regulations need changing and which new rules should be introduced following the road resurfacing and laying of enforceable yellow lines last year.
The feedback has brought many ideas for discussion.
The new Hugh Street parking restrictions mean drivers are leaving their vehicles in residential areas.
In the Little Porth and Parsons Field area it has been suggested that only residents should be able to park and one respondent wanted the green made into a car park.
Cllr Steve Sims told the meeting that the current 9am to 6pm town centre parking ban will definitely be altered to 8am to 5pm following requests from the carriers.
Additional ideas from consultees include a pedestrianised zone and one-hour parking limits on Silver Street to make life easier for shoppers.
And it’s been suggested that more signs could advise pedestrians to stick to the pavements on the main street.
There’s also been a call for parking bans on the Wesleyan Chapel side of Garrison Lane and clearer marking of the one-way street on Jerusalem Terrace.
Single-file traffic has been suggested previously and making Church Street and the Strand one-way, in opposite directions, has been put forward.
To reduce congestion on Church Street, one respondent wanted to ban parking on one side of the road, while another favoured a complete parking ban between 8am and 10pm.
It looks likely that there will be new lines on some junctions that can become dangerous when parked cars block the view.
They include the Strand near the Dairy and the entrance to Moorwell Lane and the Industrial Estate from Telegraph Road.
Similar action was also requested where the road narrows through Old Town. Locals have suggested a 20mph zone past the school, with speed bumps and even a zebra crossing.
There’s also been a request for more covered bike parks both in town and at Normandy Pool.
Traffic is increasingly becoming an issue for visitors and the report advises that this increase in the number of vehicles has a detrimental impact on the character of the island as a tourist destination.
All these ideas will be debated before binding decisions are made but Cllr Gordon Bilsborough was worried that paid-for parking had been suggested. He felt the logistics of collecting them would be “enormous.”
And Cllr Sims told members that one request for disabled spaces wasn’t actually needed because people with blue badges are able to park in restricted areas anyway.
Cllrs Colin Daly and Robert Dorrien Smith wanted to know how much the work in the traffic order review would cost the Council.
Senior Officer Craig Dryden said it was hard to say but they would do what they could ‘in house.’
Craig explained that this was “priority work” but then he added that it would be “challenging” completing the task by December.
He went on to advise members that he couldn’t guarantee it would all be done by then.