Traders’ anger at double yellow lines on Otley Street, Skipton

Ian Thompson of Drake and Macefields, Paul Watson of Coffee Mill and Fanticy Cakes and Christine Gardiner of Christines Hairstyles in Otley Street

Ian Thompson of Drake and Macefields, Paul Watson of Coffee Mill and Fanticy Cakes and Christine Gardiner of Christines Hairstyles in Otley Street

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Businesses in a Skipton street are furious after double yellow lines were painted outside their premises.

The shops in Otley Street, including two butchers, cafés and a cake shop, regularly have delivery vans unload on single yellow lines.

But this week, solid double yellows replaced the old markings, preventing any parking or stopping along the length of the street.

It follows a mistake by contractors for North Yorkshire County Council who painted double yellow lines across the junction of Otley Street – which are now to be removed.

A council spokesman said the repainting of lines across the county was taking place in preparation for it taking over responsibility for parking enforcement from the police at the end of next month.

He said double yellow lines had been painted in Otley Street to enforce existing no- waiting signs, but businesses would still be able to make deliveries.

But Paul Watson, owner of The Coffee Mill and Fanticy Cakes, said: “Double yellow, as anyone knows, means you can’t stop. If North Yorkshire County Council is telling us we can stop, then I want to know who’s going to tell the traffic wardens.”

He added that there was limited access to businesses on the left hand side of the street and none at all on the right.

“When people come to collect cakes they need to park outside because cakes are delicate and need to be handled carefully,” he said.

Mr Watson added he could not understand how the original single lines had been changed to doubles without any prior consultation.

A council spokesman said the council would take over responsibility for parking enforcement from the police on May 30.

“Civil parking enforcement has been in operation in Harrogate borough since 2002 and Scarborough borough since 2007 and is now going county-wide.

“In preparation for the transfer of responsibility, it is important that all Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and associated traffic signs and road markings in the county are checked to ensure that they are consistent and comply with legal requirements.

“In the case of Otley Street, double yellow line road markings have been installed to achieve consistency with the existing ‘no waiting at anytime’ traffic regulation order as the road is so narrow it is easily obstructed by parked vehicles.

“Vehicles are still allowed to load and unload on Otley Street and highways officers will be contacting local traders to reassure them that deliveries are unaffected by the change in the road markings.”

The spokesman added that the lines across the junction of Otley Street with High Street were a mistake by the contractor and would be put right at no cost to the public.

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1:59pm Fri 19 Apr 13

Skipton man says...

And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.
And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance. Skipton man
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5:27pm Sat 20 Apr 13

dennisnilsen says...

Skipton man wrote:
And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.
*you're. Learn it.
[quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.[/p][/quote]*you're. Learn it. dennisnilsen
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5:30pm Sat 20 Apr 13

dennisnilsen says...

Double yellow lines along the edge of the carriageway indicate that parking restrictions apply to the road. A driver may stop for passengers to board or alight and to load or unload.

You **** idiots.
Double yellow lines along the edge of the carriageway indicate that parking restrictions apply to the road. A driver may stop for passengers to board or alight and to load or unload. You **** idiots. dennisnilsen
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8:49am Mon 22 Apr 13

bettyswollocks says...

It's a pointless exercise painting more double yellows when the ones that are already there aren't enforced. Try getting in and out of Sackville Street on a Friday evening.
It's a pointless exercise painting more double yellows when the ones that are already there aren't enforced. Try getting in and out of Sackville Street on a Friday evening. bettyswollocks
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10:37am Mon 22 Apr 13

Skipton man says...

dennisnilsen wrote:
Skipton man wrote: And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.
*you're. Learn it.
?????
[quote][p][bold]dennisnilsen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.[/p][/quote]*you're. Learn it.[/p][/quote]????? Skipton man
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7:27pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Skipton man says...

dennisnilsen wrote:
Skipton man wrote:
And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.
*you're. Learn it.
Ahhh I see what you mean. Bit pedantic though Dennis. :)
[quote][p][bold]dennisnilsen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Skipton man[/bold] wrote: And while your at it please remove the traffic lights from Carleton road and Craven street and replace with mini roundabouts. They cause huge traffic jams and are a complete nuisance.[/p][/quote]*you're. Learn it.[/p][/quote]Ahhh I see what you mean. Bit pedantic though Dennis. :) Skipton man
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10:19pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Skipton Ratepayer says...

What about all the Blue Badge holders who park on the double yellow lines outside the Natwest, making the High Street far too narrow at that point. Are they really allowed to park on double yellow lines? If not, why does no-one stop them?
Re the traffic lights, it's the Craven Street ones which seem to cause all the delays, rather than the Carleton Road ones which, incidentally, are due to get a filter light to allow time for turning right into Carleton Road. This might stop some of the suicidal idiots who cross their stop line after the lights are red, and turn right while on their mobile phones. Then again, it might not. But I wish a few of them could get arrested.
What about all the Blue Badge holders who park on the double yellow lines outside the Natwest, making the High Street far too narrow at that point. Are they really allowed to park on double yellow lines? If not, why does no-one stop them? Re the traffic lights, it's the Craven Street ones which seem to cause all the delays, rather than the Carleton Road ones which, incidentally, are due to get a filter light to allow time for turning right into Carleton Road. This might stop some of the suicidal idiots who cross their stop line after the lights are red, and turn right while on their mobile phones. Then again, it might not. But I wish a few of them could get arrested. Skipton Ratepayer
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