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Mr Stuart CLARK – SBC
I attach seven images for your attention, taken at around 2:00pm this afternoon, Saturday 18th September 2010
Collectively, they identify a set of circumstances that I wish to draw to your attention. Namely, that around thirty cars were parked on the grass area known as Abbey Plain, adjacent to St. mary’s Church graveyard. They were not displaying any kind of permit or parking ticket as far as I could discern.
MY assumption was that the Abby Plain muyst be in use as an overflow area fpr the Abbey Car Park. You will see from the images that this was far from the case. the Abby Car Park was only around one-third full – or two-thirds empty, according to one’s philosophical outlook.
Clearly, the public interest may have been better served if the cars at the Abbey Palin had been encouraged to use the Abbey Car Park – and paid for the privilege.
Which brings me to the on-going matter of the Hawsker Lane.
Whenever I am able, I like to walk that way with my wife and dog, and each time I do, I see cars parked there, obstructing the southern lane of the highway and making a difficult T-junction more challenging than it need be. They should be in the Car Park, bringing in revenue and maikng the road a safer place.
So there are three issues here:
1) Encroachment on a sgreen space of historic provenance by automobiles.
2) Loss of revenue in the Abbey Car Park.
3) The dangerous and unregulated parking on the Hawsker Lane.
I have raised these last two issues previously. The problems persist.
Is it really too much that you and Nick West (to whom I have copied this email, with its attached images) could get your heads together and conjure up an easily and quickly implemented solution? You are both well experienced in traffic and parking techniques; surely this matter is not beyond you?
On two separate occasions, my wife and I have witnessed very near misses due to the encroachment onto the highway of cars and vans and even motor-homes.
Please make this an urgent priority – before somebody is injured (or worse).
And do let us retain the Abbey Plain as a traditional pleasant area of relaxation, undisturbed by motor vehicles and their concomitant emissions.
Cc: Nick West – NYCC Highways