DOUBLE yellow lines are set to be painted on residential roads after concerns about inconsiderate parking by visitors to a huge car boot sale.
Leaders at Havant Borough Council have given the go-ahead for parking restrictions in West Bedhampton.
It follows complaints from local residents that the narrow roads are being swamped by cars visiting the Forty Acres Farm boot sale, off Havant Road, which is normally held 14 times a year.
Cars are parking on bends and on grass verges, making it difficult for refuse trucks and emergency vehicles to get through.
The residential roads are also being used by workers during the day and this is creating accessibility and visibility problems, a council report states.
David Webb, chairman of West Bedhampton Residents’ Association, said: ‘This came about because the residents were concerned about the car boot sales.
‘During the summer it gets quite bad.
‘The farmer’s got the capacity for people to park over there, but because motorists are motorists, they were parking on grass verges and outside people’s driveways which was not acceptable.
‘We are in favour of parking safely. At some stage an emergency vehicle wanted to get round Fortunes Way and could not.’
Mr Webb said the roads were often used as ‘drop-offs’ for workers at Broadmarsh and beyond, with drivers parking up and then sharing one vehicle to get to work.
The restrictions include double yellow lines along parts of in Auriol Drive, Bedhampton Hill, Fortunes Way, Glebe Park Avenue and Penk Ridge.
A no-waiting restriction will be introduced from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm on lengths of Glebe Park Avenue and Spinnaker View. There will be no parking on footways and verges on lengths of Auriol Drive.
Bedhampton councillor Jenny Wride said: ‘Money is only spent where there are safety issues.’
An application was made last year to increase the number of car boot sales at Forty Acres from 14 to 24 a year. However, this has been withdrawn. No representative of the car boot sale was available for comment yesterday.