Wednesday, June 02, 2021
IS PARKING ON BRIGG PAVING MAINLY AN EVENING ISSUE?
Brigg Town councillors were asked to "resolve a programme of action on the York Stone parking issues" at their latest meeting.
This followed discussions at earlier sessions about vehicles being parked on a paved area at the eastern end of Wrawby Street which has suffered some surface cracking.
However, Coun Penny Smith, who first raised this issue, was unable to be present at the latest meeting to comment further.
Coun Rob Waltham, during the meeting, made reference to this area of paving. On some occasions he has passed by without any parked vehicles being present.
Brigg Blog's own observations over many weeks (and since the latest Town Council meeting) suggest that although some parking does take place from time to time in the mornings and afternoons, it is more prevalent at weekends, particularly after 6pm. At lunch-time on Sunday (May 30) there was one vehicle parked on the paving; there were two around 7pm on Monday.
There are concerns about potential damage to the York stone blocks which was not intended to be used by vehicles following its introduction in the 1990s.
Whether this issue will be discussed again by town councillors at some point during a future meeting remains to be seen.
Within the pedestrianised part of the town centre, vehicles continue to be driven past the 'No Entry' signs and into the Market Place and adjoining Wrawby Street (as far as Cross Street) while some cyclists keep ignoring the instructions to dismount.
Motorised 'foot' scooters are also being ridden through the town centre - not something we can recall being mentioned during council meetings... so far.
It would be interesting to know whether powered scooters are subject to any restrictions, as we doubt they were about in the 1990s when the pedestrian area was created while Humberside County Council was still the authority responsible for highways.
It worked closely with Glanford Borough Council on this project to create a pleasant zone devoted solely to shoppers and pedestrians visiting other businesses, including banks. That was the intention but it was not long before some people began to ignore the restrictions clearly set out by signage on the approaches (County Bridge, Cary Lane, Cross Street and Bigby Street).