Frustration over car parking impasse

Judith Rushby in the car park on the corner of Blossomgate and Church Lane. (140118M1c)
Judith Rushby in the car park on the corner of Blossomgate and Church Lane. (140118M1c)
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A healthcare professional from Ripon has criticised the borough council for failing to take action against bad parking near her home 10 months after she first raised the issue.

As reported in the Ripon Gazette in January, Judith Rushby of Blossomgate says the car park located at the corner of her street and Church Lane and belonging to Harrogate Borough Council lacks properly marked parking bays and signs for users.

“It really is so annoying to find that when you come home from work there are no nearby spaces available to park your car in,” said the health protection nurse specialist.

Ms Rushby says the car park is frequently not being used to its full capacity because of the improperly parked vehicles.

“People have not been parking their cars within the designated spaces, simply because they are not that obvious,” she said.

Ms Rushby called on the borough council to mark the parking bays out properly and re-introduce a No Entry sign at one end so vehicles access the diagonally placed bays from the correct end of the car park.

When the Gazette contacted Harrogate Borough Council about the issue in January, it said it would monitor the level of motorists incorrectly using the car park with a view to painting bay markings and erecting signs if needed.

But 10 months on, Ms Rushby says no action has been taken. She said: “The situation is exactly the same – people are not parking properly. All the council needs to do is paint out lines and put up a No Entry sign.It’s so frustrating because there is so much wasted parking space because people are parking across two spaces.”

When contacted this week for comment, a spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said: “Earlier this year, Harrogate Borough Council increased the monitoring of the car park with a view to painting bay markings and erecting entry signs if they were required. Our investigations did not uncover any issues concerning the level of motorists parking outside the bricked lines or regarding access to the car park, and as a consequence it was felt action was not required. We will continue to monitor the car park and will reassess the enforcement and signage should we feel it is necessary.”