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Residents won’t toe line in Oswaldtwistle parking row
A ROW has broken out over parking restrictions in an Oswaldtwistle street.
Double yellow lines were removed when Rhyddings Street was resurfaced and replaced by a shorter single yellow line, which the county council said followed a public consultation. But some residents and a local councillor want the line scrapped altogether.
Lancashire County Council said the line stops vehicles parking dangerously close to junctions along the road, which also impedes the movement of delivery and removal vehicles.
Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe said it was ‘complete nonsense’.
He said: “By using this rule, you could put yellow lines at every junction in Hyndburn. I would still like to request these obsolete lines are removed.”
One resident, who did not want to be named, complained to the county council after receiving a parking ticket for leaving her car outside her home whilst she unloaded her shopping and made a cup of tea.
In an email to the council she said: “I live there and should be able to park outside my own property and be able to visibly see my car. It is not even a main road.”
The resident also said her car had twice been vandalised whilst parked around the corner in Watson Street.
The Highway Code states drivers must not park opposite or within ten metres of a junction unless in an authorised parking space, regardless of whether there are restrictions in place. The yellow line in Rhydding Street forbids parking between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday.
Oliver Starkey, highways manager for Hyndburn at Lancashire County Council, said: "The no-waiting restrictions at the junction of Rhyddings Street and Watson Street have been there for many years and were originally put in place to ensure HGVs travelling from the nearby mills could safely turn into and out of the junction.
"The mills are currently not in use and when the junction was resurfaced last year and the lines repainted we took the opportunity to shorten them to improve things for residents by allowing more parking. However some restrictions need to be retained as the Mill may well come back into use.”