Action planned against motorists who flout regulations in Brigg pedestrian town centre
MOTORISTS flouting parking restrictions in the Market Place are to be targeted under new initiatives launched by Brigg Neighbourhood Action team.
At their latest meeting, the team discussed plans to solve the long-standing parking problems in the town, which see motorists bypass no-entry signs at the Market Place to park illegally, a problem which has been looked at by Brigg Town Council for many years.
But it is hoped now new plans put forward by the Brigg Neighbourhood Action team – made up of police officers, council officials and a member of Brigg Town Council – will bring an end to the problem.
Ward councillor Rob Waltham, who chaired the meeting, said proposals would be discussed with residents and traders before being introduced.
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He said: "The plans discussed include restricting traffic from County Bridge, introducing a traffic regulation order throughout the pedestrianised area, having access times for delivery vehicles and restricting access from Cary Lane on market.
"The Brigg 2020 meeting, chaired by MP Andrew Percy, will discuss the proposals before going out to consultation with traders and residents."
Councillors say the situation is not helped by the current powers in place to tackle those flouting the rules.
Local police officers are not able to deal with motorists ignoring the no entry signs and can only penalise motorists causing an obstruction.
However, CCTV cameras that are in view of the Market Place are not available to North Lincolnshire Council – who can prosecute the offence – even though police can use them.
Town councillor Ben Nobbs said: "I have seen cars a number of times parked at the back of Scalini's fish and chip shop.
"The police say they do not have the resources to send out an officer at night.
"Despite the number of no entry signs, people still drive straight in to the Market Place. These signs are just meaningless for many people."
A previous request by Brigg Town Council was for a traffic regulation that would ensure no vehicles would be allowed on the Market Place on market days from 10am to 2pm.
Town councillors said that move would not only be safer, but create a better shopping experience for visitors.
However, the new plans would over-ride that initiative.