Louth parking fears eased by county council

Residents of St Bernard's Avenue in Louth will be able to continue to park on the path under the new parking enforcement measures.
Residents of St Bernard's Avenue in Louth will be able to continue to park on the path under the new parking enforcement measures.

Rumours that a parking arrangement for residents on a Louth road may come to an end, potentially causing traffic chaos, have been eased.

Fears had been raised by residents of St Bernard’s Avenue that an agreement allowing residents to park on the wide pathways along the road would come to an end now Lincolnshire County Council have taken over parking enforcement.

Blue warning notices had been displayed on some vehicles parked on the path, prompting the fears, but the county council say these were made ‘in good faith’.

The concerns have been eased after the authority reassured residents that no such changes would be made.

For several years people have parked their cars on the pavement so as not to block the road, but one resident said: “There have been quite a few children killed on this street but none since people were allowed to park on the pavement. It is very wide.

“If you park on the road it wil block it for emergency vehicles.”

Graeme Butler, projects manager, said: “People who live on this road will be able to continue parking on the path. This was permitted many years ago to help avoid congestion. However, with parking enforcement starting now, we’ll need to look at changing the parking restrictions to allow this to continue legally. In the meantime it has been agreed that no enforcement will take place.”

The county council officially took over as the local parking enforcers on Monday after years of police enforcement.

What do you make of the new enforcement measures? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.