Call for times restriction on Ilkley street parking

Ilkley Gazette: Call for times restriction on Ilkley street parking Call for times restriction on Ilkley street parking

Time restrictions are needed for on-street parking in Ilkley, says a councillor, amid calls for charges to be dropped in the town’s central car park.

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) says that a parking disc system similar to that used in Harrogate, restricting on-street parking to a maximum of four hours, should be investigated.

And she called for a ‘park and ride’ scheme between Addingham and Ilkley station.

But she disagrees with free parking in the Bradford Council-run central South Hawksworth Street car park.

Coun Hawkesworth said: “The perennial problem is raising its head. We have some calling for free parking in the main car park. We have residents complaining about parking on residential streets. Why free parking in the car park?

“Who would gain by it? Certainly not the shops. It would stop the quick flow of parking needed in shopping areas.

“Most of the district has pay and display on-street parking. We don’t because it has been resisted by local politicians, the argument being South Hawksworth Street makes up the difference.”

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9:59pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Resident11 says...

Anne Hawksworth fails to think this through. Not only would an administrative system have to be set up to manage the parking permits scheme we will all have to remember to buy and update, but the whole scheme will also have to be policed by more traffic wardens, or whatever they are now called. That will lead to disputes, aggravation and conflict and fines. The council will outsource these services and then, seeing a money making opportunity, will extend the roads covered, limit the number of cars per household covered (for environmental reasons, of course) and extend the times the scheme operates; there will be more street furniture and more road markings; the outsourcing company will employ people working on commission whose job will be to maximise the numbers of cars they catch; we will have wardens on mopeds riding around the district hiding behind trees to catch unwary motorists at particular times of the day - visitors and residents just parking for 5 minutes to visit a friend or a shop. And all the rest.

Overstated? Well we moved here four years ago from a similar town in the South which introduced just such a scheme for similarly spurious reasons. All the above, and more, had happened within two years of the scheme being introduced. Result? Aggravation, expense, a far less pleasant place to live, and shopkeepers losing business because car drivers left the town centre to visit out of town stores with free car parks. And the Council now makes so much profit from the scheme that they can't afford to drop it.

Be careful what you wish for Cllr Hawksworth, and fellow residents. Unless, of course, you have your own driveway to park on - but that's only OK until you want to use your car to visit the town, or a friend. We have non residents park in our street during the day. It can be irritating but is rarely difficult. Personal experience tells me that permit systems are far, far worse. Campaign for no change!
Anne Hawksworth fails to think this through. Not only would an administrative system have to be set up to manage the parking permits scheme we will all have to remember to buy and update, but the whole scheme will also have to be policed by more traffic wardens, or whatever they are now called. That will lead to disputes, aggravation and conflict and fines. The council will outsource these services and then, seeing a money making opportunity, will extend the roads covered, limit the number of cars per household covered (for environmental reasons, of course) and extend the times the scheme operates; there will be more street furniture and more road markings; the outsourcing company will employ people working on commission whose job will be to maximise the numbers of cars they catch; we will have wardens on mopeds riding around the district hiding behind trees to catch unwary motorists at particular times of the day - visitors and residents just parking for 5 minutes to visit a friend or a shop. And all the rest. Overstated? Well we moved here four years ago from a similar town in the South which introduced just such a scheme for similarly spurious reasons. All the above, and more, had happened within two years of the scheme being introduced. Result? Aggravation, expense, a far less pleasant place to live, and shopkeepers losing business because car drivers left the town centre to visit out of town stores with free car parks. And the Council now makes so much profit from the scheme that they can't afford to drop it. Be careful what you wish for Cllr Hawksworth, and fellow residents. Unless, of course, you have your own driveway to park on - but that's only OK until you want to use your car to visit the town, or a friend. We have non residents park in our street during the day. It can be irritating but is rarely difficult. Personal experience tells me that permit systems are far, far worse. Campaign for no change! Resident11

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