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Parking limit a ‘victory for common sense’ From Durham Times


VILLAGERS have hailed a ‘victory for common sense’ after councillors banned motorists from parking on a shopping street for more than two hours.

Durham County Council’s highways committee approved the waiting restriction for the south side of Broom Lane, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City, today.

Inconsiderate motorists leaving their vehicles on the street all day were threatening the viability of its shops, councillors were told.

Afterwards, Graham Kirkup, owner of G&S News, said: “I’m very pleased.”

John Booth, chairman of Ushaw Moor Action Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s a victory for common sense.”

Ushaw Moor county councillor John Wilkinson said: “We can’t afford anymore shops to close in Ushaw Moor.”

The restrictions will apply from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.

The proposals met with widespread public support during a consultation, although there were seven objections; with some people saying there were no problems in the area and others saying the limit should be longer than two hours.

Coun Jean Chaplow told yesterday’s County Hall meeting that she was not against the plans but had ‘grave concerns’.

There were two hairdresser’s nearby where customers stayed for longer than two hours, she said.

“I’m afraid the first person to get a £70 fine won’t come back and use our shops – they’ll go to Langley Moor.”

Coun Chaplow also questioned whether shoppers would walk from a nearby car park off Station Road and how the council would enforce the changes.

David Battensby, a council highways official, said there would still be unlimited parking available on the north side of Broom Lane and enforcement would be by a council contractor.

Coun Wilkinson said: “Without these parking measures, I’m convinced that another general dealer’s will close in Ushaw Moor. What’s going to happen if there are no real shops?

“Ushaw Moor is the largest village in the Deerness Valley. It deserves this parking scheme.”

Coun Paul Stradling asked whether a decision could be postponed to find a solution acceptable to all.

However, Coun Carol Woods said it was important to support local businesses and suggested approving the scheme, with monitoring.

The changes were approved unanimously.

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