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Situation leaves Bourne residents with ‘nowhere to park’

A Bourne resident says it feels he and his neighbours have ‘nowhere to go’ because of the parking situation on their street.

Peter Sharpe, who lives on Hereward Street in the town, fears that residents may not be able to park near their homes because of various issues, including potential parking restrictions and car parking charges being imposed at the nearby Burghley Centre car park and feels that residents are being ‘ignored’.

Cars parked on Hereward Street. Photo: Peter Sharpe
Cars parked on Hereward Street. Photo: Peter Sharpe

“I’m fully aware that the law says anyone can park at the side of the road but the problem is there are no driveways,” he said.

“There are terraced houses on Hereward Street and there’s no room for driveways.

“There are two reasons for the parking problems: some people are just too lazy to walk to the ticket machine so they park in the street.

“Another problem is town centre shop workers arriving at 8.30am and leaving at 5.30pm.

“There used to be a long stay car park at the Corn Exchange were they used to park but the council put a barrier there.

“They (Lincolnshire County Council) want to prevent car parking altogether on the west side of Hereward Street.

“It’s left us with nowhere to go.

“People will eventually have to park up to a quarter of a mile away on George Street.”

Lincolnshire County Council want to remove waiting on the west side of Hereward Street from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and prohibit waiting entirely in the vicinity of 44 to 56 Meadowgate.

The local highways manager from the county council, said: “Hereward Street is relatively narrow, and at the moment cars can park on both sides of the road, which is causing congestion.

“So we are proposing to introduce parking restrictions on one side of the road, which will be in force from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, to help traffic flow better.

“In addition, there will be no waiting at any time near Norman Mews and opposite the entrance to the Co-op, improving safety at these junctions.

“We are currently inviting feedback on these proposals, with the deadline for comments being February 1.”

Ian Sismey, town clerk of Bourne Town Council, said: “South Kesteven District Council put the barrier there (at the Corn Exchange).

“It’s their building.

“We are going to discuss the parking situation at a meeting on January 15.

“We will do as much as we can to assist the residents.”

Paul Allen, head oftown centres for InvestSK , said: “There have been no concerns raised with SKDC since the barrier was installed in the summer.

“In order to make sure there were spaces for council customers it was decided that a barrier would be fitted to protect those spaces.

“On-street parking, double yellow lines and the option of a residents’ parking scheme are all covered by Lincolnshire County Council."

Eddisons, the managing agents of the Burghley Centre, had not responded to the Bourne Local as we went to press.

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