SCARBOROUGH motorists were left on a sticky wicket after being stumped over a car parking mystery.
Drivers were confused yesterday after a large section of William Street coach and car park was blocked off for private use.
The far end of the car park – already shortened due to the £6 million development of The Street youth centre – was coned off and guarded by an attendant.
Vehicle owners contacted the Evening News to vent their frustration at the move, claiming they had been given no prior warning of the changes.
Permit holders were told they could leave their cars in long-stay car parks across the town.
The parking move came after officials from Scarborough Cricket Club booked the spaces for guests attending Yorkshire’s clash with Leicestershire at North Marine Road.
The club took the action after the loss of previous key car parking spaces on the former Cricketers pub, in North Marine Road.
However, one motorist, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Why couldn’t the council write to season ticket holders and explain what was happening?
“Residents were turning up and seeing it cordened off, they didn’t know what was going on.
“Nobody knew if it was anything to do with the building work.”
The cones were removed around 1pm, with motorists free to use spaces across the car park.
Scarborough Council previously allayed fears raised by the Evening News over the loss of spaces in William Street due to the massive development.
However, a spokeswoman said the traditional park and ride services from Burniston Road and Weaponness Valley car parks would continue for motorists to use.
Friar’s Way car park, between Queen Street and Auborough Street, has also reverted back to a long-stay venue to benefit vehicle owners.