Vow to stop illegal town centre parking

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A councillor has vowed to implement traffic controls in Mexborough town centre to stop motorists illegally using the pedestrianised areas.

Traders and shoppers have long complained about drivers obstructing shop frontage by using the High Street as a thoroughfare and picking up point even though it is illegal to park there.

Councillor Sue Phillips told a Partners And Communities Together (PACT) meeting in Mexborough that ward members would look at installing bollards at the top and bottom of the road.

This would be implemented as part of a wider regeneration plan for the town centre.

She said: “This has been a problem for many years and it causes a lot of obstruction.

“When we finally do get this High Street project up and running we will sort the parking problems out by putting bollards up there.”

Coun Phillips added that a system would also have to be put in place to allow delivery drivers and emergency vehicles to get through.

A Mexborough markets’ spokesman said: “Normal motorists are not allowed down the precinct at any time.

“Delivery drivers for shops and stalls can go down there but they have to be gone by 10am and they cannot go down the street again until after 4pm.

“For most of the day there should be no vehicles on there at all.”

The town centre regeneration scheme is still in the planning and consultation phase.

The town has a cash windfall of around £400, 000 to breathe new life into the outdoor market.

One proposal is to replace the rigid outdoor stalls with pop ups and to have some on the High Street if needed.