Villagers welcome move to abandon introducing parking restrictions

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Diane Spark, who ran one of the petitions against introducing parking restrictions in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Diane Spark, who ran one of the petitions against introducing parking restrictions in Middleton-in-Teesdale.

First published in News

CAMPAIGNERS opposing proposed parking restrictions in a rural village have welcomed a move to abandon the plans.

More than 400 people living and working in Middleton-in-Teesdale signed two petitions against the introduction of two-hour parking bays on Horsemarket – the main road through the village – with no return within three hours.

Those against the plans argued that there was not a problem with parking in the village and expressed concern that only those directly affected by the proposals had been consulted, rather than the village as a whole.

But, following the closure of consultation over the proposals, the decision has been made not to proceed.

Dave Wafer, Durham County Council’s strategic traffic manager, said: “The council has now fully consulted with local residents and businesses over the possibility of introducing parking restrictions in Middleton-in-Teesdale in an aim to boost trade in the area.

“Following an overwhelming response that people were not in favour of the proposals, it was agreed by all parties not to proceed with this.”

Hayley Bell and Diane Spark, who organised the petitions against the proposals, welcomed the decision.

Mrs Bell, who lives in nearby Ettersgill, but works in Middleton-in-Teesdale, ran the online petition.

She said: “It should never have been thought about in the first place as it was not needed.

“Middleton-in-Teesdale is fine the way it is.

“The petition was really well supported by the community in general.

“I had wondered if people might have gone the other way and been in favour of the proposals but they did not.”

Ms Spark, who took the petition around local businesses, added: “I am pleased that the county council did the right thing.”

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4:00pm Tue 8 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

bet they would have went the other way had they not read about the fuss in darlington, and well done to the community of middleton in teasdale
bet they would have went the other way had they not read about the fuss in darlington, and well done to the community of middleton in teasdale LUSTARD
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3:43pm Wed 9 Jul 14

chrickers says...

It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money.
Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.
It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money. Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business. chrickers
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9:09am Sat 12 Jul 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

chrickers wrote:
It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money.
Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.
I very much agree with this comment, it amazes me when the people who aren't prepare to park a few hundred yards away from the main streets in M in T then go for a 20+ mile hike its selfish and frankly bizarre behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]chrickers[/bold] wrote: It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money. Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.[/p][/quote]I very much agree with this comment, it amazes me when the people who aren't prepare to park a few hundred yards away from the main streets in M in T then go for a 20+ mile hike its selfish and frankly bizarre behaviour. OldBiddyFrom Barney
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10:57pm Sat 12 Jul 14

jamie9 says...

chrickers wrote:
It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money.
Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.
Parking in the village is not a problem. That is why most of the locals objected to this daft parking scheme, recognising that walkers and people out for a wander contribute money to the village.
[quote][p][bold]chrickers[/bold] wrote: It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money. Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.[/p][/quote]Parking in the village is not a problem. That is why most of the locals objected to this daft parking scheme, recognising that walkers and people out for a wander contribute money to the village. jamie9
  • Score: 0

10:58pm Sat 12 Jul 14

jamie9 says...

chrickers wrote:
It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money.
Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.
Parking in the village is not a problem. That is why most of the locals objected to this daft parking scheme, recognising that walkers and people out for a wander contribute money to the village.
[quote][p][bold]chrickers[/bold] wrote: It is fine to comment when you don't live in the village. The problem is people parking for the village for free and going off for the day and then returning only for their cars and not spending a penny in any of the local businesses. Therefore taking up spaces that could be used for people who are coming to shop, or have lunch in the village or more basically spend money. Parking in the village is a problem and those that live in remote surrounds don't have the right to comment as they are not facing the problems daily, they don't have people parking in front of their houses all day or blocking places that could be taken for customers of local business.[/p][/quote]Parking in the village is not a problem. That is why most of the locals objected to this daft parking scheme, recognising that walkers and people out for a wander contribute money to the village. jamie9
  • Score: 0

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