Baffled by new yellow lines

Upperton Gardens opposite Beatrice Lane. Double yellow lines and a disabled parking space have been put in place. June 212th 2013 E24193P

Upperton Gardens opposite Beatrice Lane. Double yellow lines and a disabled parking space have been put in place. June 212th 2013 E24193P

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A baffled resident says a disabled parking space has suddenly appeared on the road along with a series of double yellow lines.

Joan Blazeby, of Upperton Gardens, said the parking restrictions had been put there despite her being unaware of anyone in the area being disabled and that she had not been consulted about it.

Mrs Blazeby who said the line, said, “There seems to be no reason why they have put them there.

“There was a discussion before about putting in residents parking bays but nothing came of it and then last week these double yellow lines and disabled bay appeared.”

The Eastbourne resident, who said she had been in touch with MP Stephen Lloyd about the issue, added, “We are completely baffled. No-one is parking in the disabled bay and we don’t know why it’s there.”

David Weeks, East Sussex County Council team manager for parking, said, “The disabled bay in Upperton Gardens was implemented following a request from a local resident. This request was received prior to the Eastbourne parking review, which started in 2010, and formed part of the proposed changes. The proposals for both the yellow lines and the disabled bay in Upperton Gardens were included in two rounds of informal consultation. They were then formally consulted on and after consideration of objections, the final proposals and recommendations were approved by planning committee in December 2012.

“It may be that the disabled bay is no longer required and we will investigate this. While we are doing this we will also review the need for the double yellow lines.”

Last month the Gazette reported how Southfields Road resident Ian Robertson was ‘baffled’ to find double yellow lines in the busy town centre road opposite his home.The 53-year-old said he had not been made aware of the restrictions coming into place and had been in touch with East Sussex County Council about the changes.

In response to Mr Robertson’s query Mr Weeks said that the double yellow lines had been designed to improve visibility and ensure safe access when entering or exiting the drives to Marlborough Court and Southfields Court.

He said the changes were developed during parking review following two rounds of informal consultation adding, “The proposed changes were then formally consulted on in September and October 2012 and after consideration of objections, the final proposals and recommendations were approved by planning committee in December 2012 and residents were sent a letter informing them the works would be taking place.”