Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 4, 2017

Lining Up Trouble In Granville Park?

Some residents of Granville Park Aughton are perplexed by the sudden appearance of double yellow lines that appeared without discussion or notice. Some readers will know of the recent complete re-surfacing of Granville Park (Conservation Area), and a full reinstatement of waiting restriction lines has followed. The last Traffic Regulation Order occurred in October 2013 with this change “Granville Park, Aughton Proposed Revocation of Experimental No Waiting Restriction, 11am-1pm, Monday to Saturday to be replaced by a new permanent Traffic Regulation Order”  [click to enlarge].

By way of background, in “Ask the Police , Q385: When can I park on single yellow lines? “Yellow lines are placed on the road because if vehicles were permitted to park there it would cause an obstruction of some sort so by ignoring the single yellow lines and parking there you are putting yourself and other motorists and vehicles at danger. There are restrictions on each specific sign that will identify the times when you cannot park there, generally 0800hrs -1800hrs but check the sign prior to parking. You could face a fine if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away”.

And in “Ask the Police Q893: What are the rules in relation to single and double yellow lines? “Waiting restrictions indicated by yellow lines apply to the carriageway, the pavement and the verge. You can stop to load or unload (unless there are no loading restrictions) or while passengers’ board or alight. Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal restrictions. The times at which the restrictions apply for single yellow lines are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking zones. If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays”.

But there are no “legal plates” or signs reflecting the new section of Granville Park double yellow lines . Indeed, this upper section of double lining  with gaps! has no reference to the lawful Executive Summary that “The existing Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for a prohibition of waiting restriction, 11am-1pm, Monday-Saturday, on Granville Park to minimise commuter parking was advertised on 11th July 2012 and works have been implemented on site, as shown on the drawing at Appendix ‘A’. During the first six months of the experiment, an objection to the experimental TRO has been received, requesting additional waiting restrictions in the locality to address displacement parking occurring as a result of the experiment. In order to address the objection and incorporate this request, it is proposed to abandon the current experimental scheme and propose a new permanent TRO incorporating the additional waiting restrictions as well as the waiting restrictions which were previously implemented by the Experimental TRO”. And for the record “The County Councillor for West Lancashire South [now West Lancashire West] D O’Toole has expressed support for the experimental waiting restrictions to be made permanent and for the additional waiting restrictions at the bend in the road”.

“Going round the bend” [click to enlarge] seems apt in the circumstances, as some residents have been notified “the unauthorised lines will be removed”. At whose expense? Yours and mine dear readers, your taxes will be wasted on this cock-up! And Granville Park does have the now seemingly obligatory blocked road drain  too.

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