Parking problem sparks calls for East Park…

Parking problem sparks calls for East Park gates to reopen
2020-12-02 08:36:00
Residents near Hull's East Park have called for its gates to be reopened in a bid to free up hundreds of parking spaces outside their homes. Resident Denise Harrison said she and others had petitioned Hull City Council to open the gates so visitors could leave vehicles on East Park's roads rather than surrounding streets. She added mounting traffic affecting East Park Avenue, Westminster Avenue and other nearby streets posed a hazard to pedestrians and left residents unable to find spaces outside their homes. A Hull City Council spokesperson said the petition was taken to a recent Park Area Committee meeting, with members deciding to launch a consultation on possible solutions including parking permits. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article. The spokesperson said: “The decision to close the East Park gates was made at the start of the pandemic with the view being that by not allowing vehicles into the park, this would improve safety and benefit users of the park during the pandemic. This continues to be the view.” Residents attended the meeting with councillors in a bid to find a solution to the issue. Ms Harrison said the parking permits, while freeing up spaces on affected streets, would move the problem elsewhere rather than solving it. “The gates are no longer open and that's creating problems in the surrounding area, it's causing a major issue. Watch to see official Howard Flitton talk about East Park: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “The road in the park is about a mile long, we've estimated that you could park between 200 and 800 cars depending on how they park and the types of vehicles. “They're saying these gates are going to be closed for good, they're using coronavirus as an excuse. “They've also said it's park of their green agenda to encourage more people to walk and cycle there. East Park, Hull “That might make the park greener, but not the surrounding streets. “People are driving down and then circling around streets like Westminster Avenue looking for somewhere to park. “The traffic's also dangerous, there's The Old Park Shop that sells sweets and kids queue outside “We've had a meeting with councillors and they said they're happy for us to have residential parking permits but they said we'd have to pay for them. “But this isn't a two street issue, if we got the permits then the cars would just start going down other streets and the problem would move there, that's why we want the gates opened. “We don't feel listened to, so we've taken matters into our own hands and started a petition. The Old Park Shop on Westminster Avenue at East Park “We think a wider consultation is needed and traffic needs to be looked at on all the streets, not just two of them. “They've opened the car park of Woodford Leisure Centre but it's not enough, and the traffic will get heavier when we get into spring and summer. Cllr Linda Tock, Liberal Democrat member for Holderness Ward on Hull City Council, said efforts to resolve the issue had so far proved “disappointing”. Cllr Tock said: “It's really important that we listen to local residents, we've had almos

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