PENARTH RESIDENTS OPPOSE DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES ON THE STREETS WHERE THEY LIVE

The Vale Council wants to paint double yellow lines banning parking along one side of Woodland Place

The Vale Council wants to paint double yellow lines banning parking at the 90 degree corner at the end of  Woodland Place (in the distance in this picture)

Two Penarth residents are challenging Vale of Glamorgan Council plans to paint double yellow lines – banning parking at all times of day – on the streets where the live .

One the streets is Woodland Place (adjacent to Trinity Methodist Church) and the other is at the end of  Llwyn Passat in Penarth Marina.

There are no parking restrictions along Woodland Place at the moment - but perhaps not for much longer

There are no yellow lines and no parking restrictions along Woodland Place at the moment and it’s a popular place to park all day

An internal  Vale Council report  says Woodland Place is “a popular area for commuters and local workers to park their vehicles all day to access the local train station and those who commute into the town centre”.

However there’ve been several complaints regarding what the Vale calls “saturated parking” with vehicles parking  “tight-up to the corner” obstructing visibility around a blind 90 degree bend.”

The council says that owing to the  “lack of private parking provision for residents and
increased resident car ownership, inconsiderate parking takes place” and it wants to paint double yellow lines along Woodland Place  .

The blind 90-degree angle corner at the end of Woodland Place is actually safer with cars parked on it - says a local mother of two

The notorious blind 90-degree angle corner at the end of Woodland Place is actually safer with cars parked on it – says a local mother of two – because drivers go slower and take more care.

But a local resident with two children both aged under three years of age – has objected to the proposed parking restrictions .

The letter of objection says  “Woodland Place is currently used as a short cut for vehicles travelling to and from the town centre” and that “vehicles travel at some speed, in excess of 30mph around the blind corner adjacent to my property.”  The householder says he/she  has to physically carry them to the family car in case they get knocked down.

Woodland Place - where there are no yellow lines - is used by commuters for all day parking - and as a short-cut to avoid the town centre

Woodland Place – where there are no yellow lines – is used by commuters for all day parking – and as a short-cut to avoid the town centre

The resident argues that the presence of parked cars outside the family’s home…”acts as a traffic-calming measure which forces vehicles to slow down”.

The letter of objection argues that the council’s plans to ban parking on the corner would be likely to “cause vehicles to approach the corner with greater speeds than at present.”

The inside of the 90 degree bend would be marked with double-yellow lines

The inside of the 90 degree bend would be marked with double-yellow lines

A Vale Traffic Officer however wants the “blind bend”  to be kept clear of vehicles but appears to implicitly agree that the cars currenly being parked on the bend  actually do act as a “traffic-calming” element.

To a suggestion that the Vale Council could issue Residents’ Parking Permits for Woodland Place, the Vale Council report says  “There are currently no plans to consider the introduction or amendment of resident-only parking at the present time”

The Vale council wants to ban parking on the "hammerhead" at the end of Llwyn Passat - but a local resident doesn't agree

The Vale council wants to ban parking on the “hammerhead” at the end of Llwyn Passat – but a local resident doesn’t agree and says there’s usually nowhere else to park overnight

Meanwhile in Penarth Marina a resident has challenged Vale Council plans to ban parking in the “hammerhead” area  at the end of Llwyn Passat.

The Marina resident said her 4-bedroom property does not have  any allocated parking spaces and is often “forced to use ” the hammerhead area to park overnight because of the number of cars now parking in the Marina area

At the moment anyone - from anywhere - can park in the "hammerhead" and enjoy the view for as long as they like

At the moment anyone – from anywhere – can park in the “hammerhead” and enjoy the view for as long as they like. Soon yellow lines may prohibit all parking there – at any time.

Here the Vale Council’s traffic officer’s response is that “no vehicle should be parked within the hammerhead area  – as it is dedicated to allow vehicles to carry out a turning manoeuvre and for vehicle emergency access.”

The issue however also highlights the fact that some of the roads in the Marina area are “unadopted” (i.e. still owned by a private property company)  and that allegedly some residents with two cars are parking one of their vehicles in the space allocated to their property and the second in the so-called “visitor car-parking space” on Plas Taliesin.

The Vale Council’s report says the issue between the residents and the  private development company is “not a council matter”  as it is private development – off the adopted highway.

The Vale ‘cabinet’ is due to consider both these issues next week.

The Vale Council report also spells out the legal position on street parking in general  –  saying that :-

  • The council has no legal responsibility to provide residents with parking spaces for their vehicles
  • There isno legal right for anyone to park outside their own house –  nor for the council to make such provisions.”

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7 Responses to PENARTH RESIDENTS OPPOSE DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES ON THE STREETS WHERE THEY LIVE

  1. Brickie says:

    4-bedroomed house in the Marina with no allocated parking space? Hmm, I think you’ll find that that is because the householder has opted to turn their garage into an additional living room. As far as I am aware, all 4-bed houses (in the marina) were allocated two spaces, including that provided by a garage.

  2. AK says:

    Great – let’s have more double yellows on corners and turning areas and dropped kerbs for people who don’t remember the Highway Code.

    Offenders’ vehicles should be towed away – but I can’t see that happening.

    Visitor parking is a joke in these private developments – fully occupied by residents’ second and third cars, while many ‘allocated’ places remain empty.

  3. Martin Coffee says:

    You don’t need double yellow lines on corners as this is already illegal. The problem is that both the police and Barry are not prepared to enforce existing restrictions.

  4. Mgg says:

    Double yellows don’t deter anyone . See Albert Rd , Tescos corner , in fact too many to list. Interestingly if doublevyellows were put here would disabled badge parking still apply?

  5. Anne Greagsby says:

    There are only 3 traffic wardens for the whole of the vale …..so no management. More wardens should pay for themselves…and we nneed the vale to take appropriate action to transfer authority to wardens from the police for inconsiderate pavement parking etc.

  6. Ralf says:

    A few points :
    1 The headline is misleading – on first glance it gives the impression that the whole of Woodland Place is affected.
    2 You’d need something akin to an F1 car to get round that corner at 30+ MPH
    3 Yellow lines – good idea. In its current state it’s an accident waiting to happen. Yellow lines have deterred people from parking in the vicinity of the rear lane entrance

  7. Sick of the same old politicians says:

    Busy wondering how other people cross the road when they have 2 children?!? If it’s such a problem perhaps putting some parking in from the lane behind the house might help.

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