Resident hits back over parking row

The newly painted double yellow lines in Ruswarp''w131415a
The newly painted double yellow lines in Ruswarp''w131415a

A Ruswarp man has hit back after double yellow lines painted throughout the village removed almost all residents’ parking.

In last Friday’s Whitby Gazette we reported how council contractors had re-painted double yellow lines throughout the village and they had painted them further than they should have along The Carrs.

Residents claimed some of the lines were new, but highways maintenance manager David Creek said they had been there before and had been simply re-painted following re-surfacing works last year

David Lee of High Street said in 1999 a meeting had been held in Ruswarp Village Hall between representatives of the Highways Department, North Yorkshire Police Traffic Section and Residents to address traffic problems including those arising from new road markings outside the village school.

He said it was agreed at the meeting by the authorities that some of the road markings were not “legally correct” or sited in the right place and had reduced the on-street parking in the village.

He said: “The meeting was told that, to compensate for this loss of amenity, a section of the then existing double yellow lines at the junction of Ruswarp High Street and The Carrs would be removed.”

Mr Creek said in response: “I regret that none of the officers who attended the meeting in 1999 are still employed by NYCC so I am unable to comment on that meeting.

“I would, however, re-iterate my point that whatever was agreed at that meeting 14 years ago would be the subject of a Traffic Regulation Order and the lines would reflect that.

“The recent re-painting of the lines was always intended to refresh/restore those lines in accordance with the order.

“No extensions or changes have been proposed.

“The siting of ‘no parking cones’ is used by contractors to permit access to do the work before the error was highlighted.”