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Yellow Line Success for Parish Councillor at Deadman’s Lane

March 8, 2017 10:27 PM
Originally published by Newbury & West Berkshire Liberal Democrats

Cllr Drummond, Julie Foster Needham a resident and Cllr Meg Thomas, with the hard won yellow lines.

Cllr Drummond, Julie Foster Needham a resident and Cllr Meg Thomas, with the hard won yellow lines.

Residents on the 'Deadman's Lane Estate' near Tesco on Pinchington Lane have good reason to be pleased with their new parish councillor Dr Meg Thomas. They have been concerned for several years over potentially dangerous parking on Deadman's Lane by the Honda garage.

A row of up to twelve parked cars was normal every working day from well before the school run time. This restricted access to the whole estate to a single lane and obscured visibility. There were concerns about safety and access of emergency vehicles, not to mention long delays at peak times.

Back in summer 2014 West Berkshire Council proposed to introduce yellow lines in the area as part of a parking scheme. A public consultation took place in November 2014, resulting in numerous objections. "Amended proposals just weren't good enough", Meg Thomas said, after speaking to many of the objectors last year after being elected.

More than a year passed and nothing happened, despite persistent pressure from local residents as well as shadow spokesman on Highways Cllr Billy Drummond. Said Meg Thomas: "While I understand the pressure on West Berkshire Council, this was a simple matter".

Last autumn, local Liberal Democrats and residents helped Meg and her newly elected colleagues collect signatures for a petition, on doorsteps and online. Over 150 signatures were presented to the council in January 2017. Finally, last week a single yellow line prohibiting parking during the working day appeared.

Dr Thomas said: 'As a new councillor, it was great to meet so many people who were concerned about their community and road safety. Things take time but it is important not to give up and to keep pushing for the needs of your residents. This is a great victory for the community and it is good to see the highways department taking notice of public concerns.'