York Green Party

Broadway shops get safe parking

30 September 2010

Andy D'Agorne and BAGNARA welcome the white liningCllr Andy D'Agorne said "Its been an issue since before I got elected in 2003, with success eluding us in the past because the area is unadopted highway. Now, thanks to goodwill on all sides, drivers will get a clear indication of how to park considerately outside the shops."

It took a 'councillor call for action' by Fishergate's two Green councillors and several meetings between highway officers, shopkeepers and representatives of residents group BAGNARA before a solution was agreed upon. Now, pedestrian markings and other measures have been put in place to protect a safe route for the elderly and parents with small children across the frontage that is used for parking.

Parking has got worse since Fulford Post office closed leaving the one at Broadway as the only one in the area. The 'call for action' is also considering ways to tackle the impact of heavy delivery vehicles that are damaging kerbs and the frontage.

The lining work has been scheduled for completion since earlier this summer, but the crews were unable to carry out the work on several occasions because of parked vehicles. On 'Car Free Day' the area was specially coned off, but the work was stalled because of the wet weather.

However, the following day, Cllr D'Agorne and a group of residents were able to toast the happy end of the long running story with a bottle of Fairtrade champagne from the Coop.

Update: January 2011
Councillor Andy D'Agorne has been praised in a review of the Broadway Shops 'Councillor Call to Action' by the Economic & City Development Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

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