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Drivers face fines for parking in Barnards Green, Malvern
9:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
DRIVERS are being warned that they will be fined if they fail to comply with new parking arrangements in a busy shopping area.
Spaces in Court Road, Barnards Green, Malvern, have recently been converted to parallel parking.
This was after police and highways officers raised concerns that previous arrangements meant cars having to reverse into oncoming traffic.
But although the changes have been in place for more than two months, there are concerns that motorists are either unaware of or simply ignoring the new regulations.
Many are still parking with their nose to the kerb, as was the arrangement for several decades, while traders say on some days people are parking in both ways, causing confusion all round.
Traders were concerned that unwitting shoppers would end up with hefty parking fines, and so a “period of grace” has been negotiated with West Mercia Police.
But district councillor Roy Harding is warning that cannot last much longer and anyone who does not follow the new parking arrangements will be hit in the pocket.
At the latest this will happen when Malvern Hills District Council takes over enforcement of on-street parking later this year.
Notices explaining the new parking arrangements have been posted in shop windows for the last few weeks and additional markings are to be painted.
Coun Harding hopes these will make it clearer to drivers exactly where parking bays are and how their vehicles should be parked.
He said: “We have spent several hours trying to explain to drivers that parallel parking must now be the norm as the system for the past few decades has now changed for the safety of the public.
“With the advent of civil parking enforcement, due in November, penalties will be applied to those vehicles not correctly parked.”
The new parking arrangements were brought in after a Gazette campaign to save the spaces.
Worcestershire County Council had originally proposed removing the seven spaces outside the post office to make room for a bus stop.
But shopkeepers already facing difficult trading conditions campaigned to save them.
The outcry led to the council agreeing to keep the spaces but convert them to parallel parking.
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