September 5, 2014
Call for more car parks to ease parking issues in Burnham-On-Sea

Extra car parks and residents parking schemes are needed in Burnham-On-Sea to help ease congestion, town councillors have said this week.

The comments came during a council debate this week following calls from a group of residents for more double yellow lines to be introduced to combat parking problems.

Residents in Steart Avenue have written to the Town Council asking for new parking restrictions, but councillors say the problems are actually a far wider problem.

Cllr Paul Young said: "If you restrict parking with double yellow lines in one part of the town, you just create a problem elsewhere. It's not as simple as introducing yellow lines along a few roads."

Cllr Louise Parkin agreed, adding: "Parking is a problem across the town. The issue is caused by Burnham not having enough public car parks."

"We can't just install double yellow lines everywhere because there aren't enough spaces for motorists."

Cllr Andy Brewer agreed: "This is not an issue restricted to a few roads. We need to look at restrictions on a wider scale."

Cllr Chris Williams told this week's meeting that the introduction of residents parking schemes in Burnham could be one possible solution by "restricting parking to those who live nearby." He said such schemes work well in other Somerset towns.

Somerset County Council's Highways team is to be asked to recommend possible solutions and a further update will be given at a future meeting of the Town Council.


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