Line drawn under parking dispute

The yellow lines as they were in Avenue Road and below as they are now after being repainted
The yellow lines as they were in Avenue Road and below as they are now after being repainted

CONTENTIOUS road markings have been repainted following comments in the Evening News by Scarborough’s former top traffic cop.

Ex-police traffic sergeant Keith Hughes accused Scarborough Council of “highway robbery” in last Fridays Evening News, insisting that a large percentage of road signs and markings in the town were wrong, and that fines administered in these areas should be refunded.

The story subsequently fuelled a huge online debate on the Evening News website, with posters split over the issue.

However, since the story was published, the heavily faded yellow lines in Avenue Road, which were at the centre of Mr Hughes’s objections, have been repainted by North Yorkshire County Council.

Mr Hughes, who has been campaigning against Scarborough Borough Council for nearly a decade over illegal parking fines, believes this as an admission of guilt.

He said: “It just shows that somewhere down the line, somebody admits that there’s a problem.

“It’s a good first step, but they’ve still only done the bare minimum. They need to make much more of an effort as there are still huge problems with signs and markings throughout Scarborough.”

An 18-month inquiry found Scarborough Council guilty of maladministration in 2004 over on-street car parking rules and fines.

The inquiry was launched following a complaint from Mr Hughes after his daughter was fined £30 after parking in St Thomas Street.

He now hopes that the work on Avenue Road will be the start of improvements to road signs and markings throughout the town.

He said: “I still want them to get their act together and do what they should be doing.

“Their past record over these things has been poor to say the least, and they need to be making sure these improvements continue.”

Mr Hughes has also agreed to hold a meeting in the near future with Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who is Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport.

Cllr Backhouse said that he welcomes the meeting, and hopes that they “can fix any problems together.”

He said: “I look forward to meeting with Mr Hughes, but anybody who has an issue with the roads should look at taking it through the correct channels, that way we can get something done about it.”