Controversial Havant town centre yellow lines get final go-ahead

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DOUBLE yellow lines will be painted on parts of residential roads near Havant town centre within the next eight weeks.

The ruling Tory cabinet agreed to impose parking restrictions along parts of West Street, Brockhampton Road, Staunton Road and Western Road.

Leaders say the main reason is safety as parking on both sides of the roads has meant emergency vehicles have sometimes struggled to get through.

The double yellows will mainly be situated on junctions and corners, as well as outside St Joseph’s Church.

The scheme has attracted mixed views, with traders saying it will hit hard the shop workers who park in these roads during the day.

But Councillor David Collins, who oversees parking in Havant borough, said: ‘The traffic regulation order agreed at cabinet was met with approval by the public representatives who welcomed the scheme and attended the meeting in support of it.

‘The scheme has been implemented for both the safety of pedestrians and road users whilst ensuring access for emergency services vehicles enabling traffic to pass with minimal delay and help keep traffic flowing in Havant.’

Following concerns from residents, the scheme was amended, with no restrictions being implemented at the junction of Staunton Road and Cross Way, as well as a section in Staunton Road opposite its junction with Western Road.

But some residents in West Street were still not happy with the arrangements.

Michelle Holding, 47, who has lived there six years, said: ‘They can do double yellow lines, but then also a three-hour parking restriction which is exempt to residents.

‘Then people will see the road is not for all day parking for nothing.’

One woman, who has lived there 15 years, told The News: ‘People won’t be able to work in Havant, they won’t be able to live in Havant.

‘We all need cars for certain things. Where are we supposed to park?

‘That road is not dangerous. It’s been like that forever and a day.’

But Brockhampton Residents’ Association welcomed the move as it said visibility for drivers turning out on to Brockhampton Road was poor.

The scheme will come into force within the next six to eight weeks, council officials said.

A second phase, involving residents’ and visitors’ parking, will be looked at later this year.