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9 March, 2018

Solutions to Police parking problems discussed at public meeting

Northallerton residents, local councillors and officials have discussed a range of ideas to reduce parking problems around Alverton Court, North Yorkshire Police’s headquarters—during a public meeting chaired by Julia Mulligan, elected Police and Crime Commissioner.

Following complaints from the public, North Yorkshire Police carried out an ‘environmental visual audit’ on the residential streets around Alverton Court to identify the issues and the possible options available to resolve them.

During the meeting on Wednesday, Julia and Hambleton District Council Leader, Cllr Mark Robson, announced a pilot project that would involve NYP leasing land on Hambleton District Council’s Crosby Road Car Park, to be used as additional police parking.

During the discussion, members of the public also contributed with a range of ideas, including;

  • Introducing double yellow lines at junctions and along sections of narrow residential roads
  • Installing bollards or signage to reduce parking on verges
  • Extending the Residents Parking Scheme
  • Making Crosby Road car park both long stay and short stay, and upgrading the parking meters

These ideas and suggestions will be looked into by the working group and a survey will be distributed to residents part way through the pilot to evaluate its effectiveness.

Julia said: “I’m pleased that there are a number of different options available for myself, the council, police and Highways to consider. Finding workable and affordable solutions will mean we all have to work together, in the public interest. I would particularly like to thank Cllr Robson for agreeing to the pilot, which I hope will considerably reduce the problems residents are experiencing and we are working to get the scheme up and running from the beginning of April.

“The police want to be good neighbours, and I hope that their relocation to the town centre will be seen by as many people as possible, to be a positive move.”