Council submits request for more double yellow lines in Roman Road

TOWN councillors have agreed to submit a request for further double yellow lines in Roman Road, Lyme Regis.

Members of the council’s Town Management & Highways Committee have agreed to submit a Traffic Regulation Order to Dorset County Council, requesting double yellow lines on the narrow section of Roman Road, around the junction of Springhill Gardens.

The decision was made after the council was contacted by a Roman Road resident, who said an ambulance struggled to gain access to his drive when called to treat his wife, due to “inconsiderate parking”.

Parking on Roman Road has been a concern for some time, with double yellow lines having previously been painted on the lower section of the road, around the Horn Bridge area, to ensure that emergency vehicles could pass.

However, speaking at a recent Town Management & Highways meeting, Councillor Stan Williams said he didn’t think there was any “real problem” in Roman Road.

“The only problem is that people with blue badges can park on double yellow lines anyway, so that defeats the point of them,” he said.

Councillor Cheryl Reynolds said that cars still regularly parked on the space behind the double yellow lines at the bottom of the road.

“I go down there everyday and people still park there,” she added.

Councillor Williams said this was an issue for Dorset County Council’s enforcement officer to take up.

Councillor Reynolds replied: “We never have one, that’s the problem. When do we get an enforcement officer? And if we do they go to Anning Road and King’s Way and then back up the town. They wouldn’t go out to Horn Bridge.”

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, said that the council “has to try something”.

It was agreed to submit a traffic regulation order to Dorset County Council requesting that the double yellow lines be painted. However, Councillor Reynolds warned members that this would take at least 18 months to come into force if approved.

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