Fence bid to stop free parking

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NEW fences could be put up around an area of grassland, opposite the Scalby Mills pub, in a bid to stop motorists using it as a makeshift car park.

A decision to approve the move is due to be taken on Monday by Cllr Andrew Backhouse – Scarborough Council’s highways and transport portfolio holder.

In a report by Brian Bennett, the council’s head of tourism, he said that historically the area in Scalby Mills Road had been used for parking but it could be causing a danger to members of the public.

He added: “Concerns have been raised by the council’s civil enforcement officers that parking in this area is causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians, as a result of vehicles crossing the footway to park.

“Complaints have been received from members of the public in relation to the damage that is being caused to the grassed area.

“This is not only unsightly but has the potential to damage the fabric of the surface of these areas which then require costly treatment to remedy.”

Following a consultation process it was proposed to install an ornamental fencing along the length of Scalby Mills Road from the bend towards the Sea Life Centre.

Mr Bennett added that the area of land was close to Yorkshire Water’s underground waste water treatment works and planned work to improve bathing water quality, due to start next spring, would require access to the area in order to carry out servicing works.

North Yorkshire County Council felt that by allowing the unauthorised parking in the area to continue – or creating sanctioned parking bays – would encourage turning or parking manoeuvres close to a sharp right hand and downhill which is often busy with pedestrians in the tourist season.