30/11/2009

Aberystwyth street parking control breaking down


Street parking around Bronglais Hospital and other areas of Aberystwyth has broken down, with car drivers openly flouting double yellow lines. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from pictures like those above, taken outside Bronglais Hospital yesterday.

In the photos, not only is a row of five cars parked on double yellow lines but the pavement is blocked to pedestrians. Most of the cars were still there several hours later.

Aberystwyth has two traffic wardens who both work extremely hard and also have to cover other areas of the County. The problem is that a town the size of Aberystwyth needs far more than this. Anyone working in the field, like the police and council highways officers, will tell you that the police have no more resources to provide extra traffic wardens and that what’s needed is for parking control needs to be transferred from the police to the County Council. That’s what local authorities across the country are increasingly doing. Instead of parking fines going straight to the UK Treasury, as do those from Aberystwyth at the moment, this enables them to be collected by the Council who can then recycle the money into more wardens and improved facilities.

In a sense it’s working in Aberystwyth already. When Ceredigion Highways Officers walk along the Prom in yellow jackets the tourists parked illegally all clear off sharpish. This is because they’re used to Council Officers booking them at home. The locals know better and stay put. It's time Ceredigion caught up with the rest of the country.

6 comments:

  1. It was interesting to see that a large number of illegally parked cars in the area mentioned have been issued with fixed penalty tickets since you posted this story!!

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  2. Why doesn't Aber start a residents parking scheme like most other places in Britain. I was in Nottingham for a while and residents are allowed 1 car and after that they have to pay £35, with the huge amount of students that are about it cound raise money and cut cars

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  3. I would have thought that there should be more provision for people that work in the hospital to cycle. I'm sure there's enough room to install cycle lanes and especially from the new council buildings to town, surely a scheme could be put forwards that enables people to cycle into town and back, a lane could be put straight down that road into town. Now you have to pay your bills outside of Aberystwyth town, I think there should be some provisions made for safer routes

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  4. Entirely agree with the previous two comments. See my post on 10th October for some of the reasons why we haven't yet got residents parking in Aberystwyth.

    As regards a cycle lane to the new council building, there is, of course a cycle lane running from Trefechan Bridge alongside the Rheidol. Also one from Plas Crug Avenue to the Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin building. Neither of these currently connect up to the new council building but it wouldn't take an awful lot for them to do so. I'll be asking for this.

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  5. The parking problem is not restricted to the Bronglais area. Where I live, just outside the centre of town, double yellow lines are being ignored on a daily basis by people working or shopping in town. They know they don't have to worry about getting a ticket because the parking wardens stay in the town centre.

    The Council say it's up to the police to sort it out, but with two wardens this is never going to work. Aberystwyth has a population of about 15,000 people there must be at least 5,000 cars on the streets of Aberystwyth (possibly a conservative guess). That's a lot of cars to check on for a team of two!

    It's a joke... or it would be if it weren't so dangerous.

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  6. AnonymousMay 06, 2010

    While I sympathise with the issues around Bronglais and certain streets in Aber the situation in Borth is even worse. Residents who are fully aware that they are breaking the one hour no return within one hour rule park outside their houses all day. May to September this rule applies. These are not casual parkers they are blatantly breaking the law year in year out and not visits from wardens.

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