PARKING on Whitby’s West Cliff is being revamped in a bid to create more spaces for visitors and tackle the evergrowing problem of motorhomes.
Work started last week to repaint the bays on Royal Crescent so they stick out into the road, meaning more can be fitted around the edge of the road and campers can’t park in them because they are too large.
Royal Crescent will also be made one way to traffic for safety and visibility reasons. Meanwhile, bays opposite the Met Hotel are also being re-designed and re-painted in a similar way but they will have to stay the same on other parts of the West Cliff as the road isn’t wide enough.
Couns Joe Plant and Alf Abbott have been campaigning for the changes after growing numbers of complaints from residents about parking problems in the area, which are compounded by camper vans taking up too much space.
Coun Plant said: “Royal Crescent was like that anyway but they have done it at the other side to make it consistent.
“They are going to make that area one way so we can get more spaces in and it is safer for people coming in and out.
“That is what people have been wanting and the only way we could do it.
“Further down from The Met, it is not wide enough so we have to be careful there, we don’t want to create a problem but it will stop camper vans using that part.”
The two councillors have also contacted local MP Robert Goodwill and asked him to look at legislation on sleeping in vehicles.
Earlier this year, the Whitby Gazette reported that signs on West Cliff banning it were not enforceable because of a legal loophole.
Coun Plant added: “We don’t want to discriminate, but they are using the car parks overnight when the pay machines aren’t on and then the side of the road.
“They are there for four or five days and don’t move and are getting a free holiday. I know they are visitors to the town but they are sleeping in their vehicles which is surely not correct.
“Residents are saying enough is enough and we have to draw the line somewhere.”