Yellow lines spell double trouble for oldest Co-op

Grosmont Co-op
Grosmont Co-op

COUNCILLORS have agreed that a traffic management plan for Grosmont can be re-visited after 12 months amid fears it would be detrimental to the sustainability of the oldest Co-op of its kind in the country.

For many years customers visiting the Co-op in the village could park on a single yet worn out yellow line outside the shop while they bought their household necessities.

But plans to put double yellow lines outside the shop and beyond would discourage people from visiting the shop, argue the board of trustees who manage the Co-op store.

They feel shoppers would struggle to get in the proposed parking bay due to ever increasing visitor numbers to Grosmont and the other car park charges in the village are too expensive for people just doing their shopping.

The concerns were aired at a North Yorkshire County Council meeting being held at Sneaton Castle on Wednesday.

One of the trustees Robert Edgar said: “Fifteen years ago the Co-op was having difficulty facing the supermarkets.

“Since then we have dedicated village people who have joined with me and we have made the Co-op profitable, sound and secure - a wonderful facility for the people of the village. We want to keep it that way.

“We are concerned there will never ever, in the season, be an available parking space in front of the Co-op.

“I just can’t comprehend that Grosmont should have yellow lines and no parking right through apart from two car parks which cost £5 each with no short stay parking. I can go to Whitby and park for £1.50 and do my business.”

Grosmont Parish Council were represented at the meeting and said the traffic management proposals dated back to 2005 and since then the North Yorkshire Moors Railway season had been extended, car park charges had doubled and parking offences had been de-criminalised.

It also questioned the outcome of the public consultation which it argued didn’t take into account people who travel in their cars to the Co-op - it is the closest convenience store for Egton residents.

Coun Herbert Tindall suggested that the scheme be road-tested for 12 months with scope for making any changes.

He added: “It seems like an age since we first started this consultation. It seems going from a single yellow line to a double is what is causing the fear but what we are trying to do is keep the traffic moving as we are giving them 15 minutes.

“I can’t see any harm in trying it, we can look at it again in 12 months but it will work I am convinced of it.”