Residents offer to pay for yellow lines as council can’t afford it
Bus services have already been withdrawn from Portishead Marina due to badly parked cars. Now residents want more traffic regulations installed and are willing to pay for the work themselves
People living at Portishead Marina are pressing for additional double yellow lines to be painted on roads around the development – even offering to pay for the work themselves.
The move follows increasing frustration about the lack of parking restrictions at the marina, with motorists often parking inconsiderably, blocking access for vehicles.
North Somerset Council was forced to paint double and single yellow lines along Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way last year due to badly parked cars blocking access along the route for larger vehicles.
And this month bus operator First withdrew the X3A service – which runs in the early mornings and evenings – from Newfoundland Way or Phoenix Way because of continuing access problems.
Residents living in other areas in and around the marina are now asking North Somerset to introduce further restrictions.
And where the authority says it doesn’t have the cash to fund the work, residents are offering to raise the money themselves.
Councillor David Pasley, who represents the marina, said: “We are being asked to expend the double yellow lines on roads in and around the marina.
“Residents are becoming so frustrated with the inconsiderate and bad parking that they are even offering to fund the work themselves.
“We regularly see incidences of cars parked on side roads and also on the pavements, making access difficult for other vehicles.
“Request have been forwarded to our highways department for consideration.
“We have already seen bus services cancelled because of the issues with badly parked cars on the marina.
“This is very inconvenient for residents and these requests for additional traffic regulations will be looked at as a priority.”
However increasing the amount of regulations may not be straight forward as parts of the marina are still in the hands of the developers and have yet to be adopted by the council.
Mr Pasley said enforcement of the newly painted double yellow lines is being ‘stepped up’.
“We are treating this seriously due to the ongoing threat to bus services, ” added Mr Pasley.
The parking issues have also caused problems for other large vehicles such as refuse and recycling trucks which have been unable to get along the routes.
Inconsiderate parking has long been a bug bear of residents and visitors to the marina.
Concerns have also been raised about emergency vehicles being to access homes and businesses.