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Anger over double yellow lines plan in Spennymoor
FURIOUS residents on a street already plagued by parking problems have launched a petition after the council announced plans to introduce double yellow lines in front of their homes.
If Durham County Council presses ahead with its proposal for Clyde Terrace in Spennymoor, six households, including several young families, will be left with no place to park and pressure on the remaining spaces will be even greater. Residents also fear it would cause property prices to plummet.
The council drew up the plans to prepare for increased traffic and pedestrians following the merger of Spennymoor Comprehensive and Tudhoe Grange School at Whitworth Road. It would see the introduction of a pedestrian crossing and an additional traffic lane at the traffic lights on Grayson Road and near the Masters of Durham garage on Clyde Terrace.
Clyde Terrace resident Donna Bell was furious when she received a letter informing her and her husband of the plans.
“There is nowhere else for us to park,” said the mum-of-three. “The back alleyway is really narrow and lots of cars have been damaged there over the last few years.
“The police have already been called out to deal with parking disputes and this is just going to make it worse. It will have a knock on effect on the whole street.
“More than 40 people have signed our petition.”
Next door neighbour Kirsty Bell, who also has three young children, highlighted the safety risk of having no buffer between the houses and two lanes of traffic. “Road safety is a real concern and they have offered no alternative,” she added.
The residents, who are supported by Councillor Ben Ord, are also angry the proposed changes were not publicisied during the school merger consultation.
Dave Wilcox, strategic highways manager at the council, said the no waiting zone would help provide a safe route to the school.
“It is felt that changes to the timing of the signals is necessary at the junction of Four Lane Ends,” he said. “In order to ensure there is sufficient space for standing traffic at the signals, a proposal has been put forward to remove some on-street parking at Clyde Terrace.”
The consultation runs until August 10.