Transport chief throws doubt on double yellow parking proposal

Councillor Janet Blake
Councillor Janet Blake

A county council chief has cast doubt on how allowing motorists to park on double yellow lines for up to 15 minutes would be enforced.

It has been reported that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles MP is proposing allowing drivers a ‘grace period’ so they can pop into shops as a means of boosting the economy.

But Bucks County Council planning and transportation chief Janet Blake thinks the idea is concerning and said: “However are they going to enforce it? How are we going to know anybody has been there 15 minutes? I would be quite concerned of the implications of it causing congestion and accidents.

“I’m quite sure double yellow lines are put there for a reason. They are not just put there because we have a lot of yellow paint left over.”

Mrs Blake said she wants to bring more people into Aylesbury but does not believe a 15 minute grace period would provide a greater economic benefit.

Councillor Brian Roberts, cabinet member for civic amenities at Aylesbury Vale District Council, said he thinks it is a great idea.

Mr Roberts, who also sits on the town council, said: “As long as it’s done properly and safety is taken into account I think it would be great.

“High streets need that flexibility at the moment and anything we can do to help would be good.”