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Police cones plug Carlisle yellow lines parking loophole

A parking free-for-all on a Carlisle street which has double yellow lines with no legal force has come to an end – temporarily.

Annetwell street cones photo
Traffic cones have been put out on Annetwell Street

Annetwell Street, opposite Carlisle Castle, became an unofficial free car park after motorists realised that an admin blunder by Cumbria County Council left the yellow lines unenforceable. For months, dozens of cars have been lining the road as drivers have taken advantage of the oversight.

But Carlisle City Council’s deputy leader Elsie Martlew pointed out last month that Cumbria police used cones to prevent parking during the Tour of Britain cycle race.

She said the cones were the perfect solution to the street’s parking problems until the necessary Traffic Regulation Order is made to give the yellow lines legal force.

County council officials rejected the suggestion at the time, with a spokesman pointing out at the time that cones “should only ever be used as a short-term traffic management tool”. He added: “You can’t leave traffic cones out on the street for weeks and months. They can get stolen or damaged.”

The cones reappeared this week, sparking hopes that the police were providing a solution until the council can get the traffic regulation order it needs to enforce the double yellow lines.

But a spokeswoman for Cumbria police said the cones were there on a temporary basis, to help lorries unloading at Tullie House.

“The cones are in place for the Art Gallery Changeover, from October 16 to October 30,” she said.

“This is as a result of a request for police no parking cones on Annetwell Street.”

The cones were put in place on October 15 until October 22. “After then, they will be collected,” she said.

Mrs Martlew said it “beggared belief”. “They can put cones out of there is a cycle race, they can put cones out if there is an exhibition changeover, but they can’t put them out to ensure that traffic moves safely and the pavements aren’t obstructed,” she said.

“The parking on that street since this issue came to light has become a hell of an issue, and at times it created a hazard,” she said.

“There have been times when vehicles could not pass; and the parking was starting to break up the fabric of the grass verges and pavement. We’re now working very closely with the county council to get the Traffic Regulation Order sorted out as quickly as we possible can.”

Traders had previously reported problems.

Olly Wallace, a 31-year-old tattooist from the Immortal Art Studio, said that it had caused problems for delivery drivers in larger vehicles in particular.

“If there’s someone coming the other way it’s a nightmare,” he said.

Have your say

Erm sorry, when has any parking restrictions stopped people of Carlisle parking where ever they like. Keep Clear, box junctions, bus stops, double yellow and no stopping signs are regularly ignored. How is this even news?

Posted by Anon on 23 October 2013 at 11:20

So the Double Yellows were "unenforceable"?? Who was responsible for making them enforceable in the first place - Cumbria County Council?. Their Motto should be " We Only Paint Them " - All over Cumbria there are problems with Yellow Lines and " Unenforceability "

Posted by Ian Kirkpatrick on 23 October 2013 at 11:14

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