Solution offered after parking clampdown in Bedale leads to problems for Hall tenants (From The Advertiser Series)
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Solution offered after parking clampdown in Bedale leads to problems for Hall tenants
COUNCILLORS have agreed to allow community parkland at a historic hall to be used as a car park after protests that a clampdown on vehicles was causing traffic problems.
Tenants who rent offices at Bedale Hall have been unable to leave their cars in the adjoining car park as people from the town sought refuge from traffic wardens enforcing regulations and issuing fines.
Now the Hall committee has been given approval by the Town Council to use part of the grass area for parking.
Coun John Noone said the Hall Committee had had major problems with local people using the car park, which is free.
“The public have always used that car park, but now we are being swamped by cars belonging to people who aren’t users of the hall," he said. "We are fighting a major battle to keep the hall financially viable as it is and tenants who pay for the privilege of having offices here are finding they can’t park.”
The 18th century Grade I listed hall is run as a charitable trust and struggled to stay viable after the withdrawal of offices by North Yorkshire County Council last year.
Coun Noone added:”We are getting there, we have attracted new tenants and had a lot of interest, but we really need to ensure business people can park outside their offices.
“The area involved is next to a children’s centre at the side of the hall and has been used for overflow parking in the past.
But Coun Ellen Dunning said many people in Bedale were suffering because of the parking clampdown.
She said: "It has been too harsh with people fined for being a few minutes over time.
“I know the Hall has struggled, but they aren’t the only ones. This is making it harder for people and we need to be aware of the effect for everybody, the tenants may pay rent, but everybody pays council tax. We also need to consider the grass being churned up and the children's centre, we will need to keep a close eye on this.”
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