Why park and ride is needed in Beverley as residents take law into their own hands

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Beverley’s park and ride plans need speeding up claims a councillor, after parking frustrations saw residents take the law into their own hands in one street.

Unofficial spaces were painted in Beaver Road after residents became fed up about shoppers and workers parking outside their homes.

Now, ward councillor David Elvidge wants long-awaited plans for a park and ride to go-ahead to ease parking pressures in Beverley.

Plans were submitted in August last year for a 500-space park and ride, with a bus link to Flemingate.

It is part of a planning application for 900 new homes for land north of the Minster Way bypass, still waiting to go before the council's planning committee.

Cllr Elvidge says: “This park and ride should be the first part of that development.

“Residents desperately need the park and ride to ease parking problems in residential streets. I will be lobbying for the developer to do that.”

Cllr Elvidge also wants East Riding Council to investigate whether a further extension to the town’s controlled parking zone (CPZ) is required.

He is urging residents to contact him with their views.

A resident of Hanover Court, off Mintfields Road, says the recently-extended controlled parking zone is shunting motorists into streets not covered by permit parking.

The pensioner, who did not want to be named, says: “The people in Beaver Road who painted their own white lines so they can park outside their own homes have my sympathy.

“People who work at the council, the Flemingate Centre and the local school are among drivers parking their cars outside people’s houses instead of paying to park.

Unofficial white lines were painted in congested Beaver Road (Image: Richard Addison)

“The council is waiting for everyone to complain and then they will start charging more people to park outside their own homes.

“We have become cash cows. Everyone will have to pay for parking permits to park outside their own homes.

“I think it’s grossly unfair, residents should be given free parking permits.”

The 71-year-old grandmother is warning double-parking in Mintfields Road is blocking the route for emergency vehicles.

She says: “I live in the sheltered accommodation at Hanover Court and I can’t get down the street when they are double-parked in Mintfields Road.

“We have residents-only off-road parking but people are parking on there too and blocking us in.

“When you tell them it’s residents-only they just give us a load of abuse.”

East Riding Council said the park and ride plans are expected to go before the planning committee later this year.

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