Measures unveiled to tackle parking problem at Victory Park, Barnoldswick

Craven Herald: Coun David Whipp at Victory Park Coun David Whipp at Victory Park

Parking problems at Barnoldswick’s Victory Park are being tackled with a series of measures, which are due to be implemented over the next few weeks.

Coun David Whipp said parking problems had become “more evident” after aerospace engineering firm Rolls-Royce began to take on more staff at its Bankfield site.

Coun Whipp said: “The company is running a shuttle bus service from its Ghyll Brow site, where there’s adequate parking, but some of the people working at Bankfield choose not to use the park and ride service and park at Victory Park.

“The problem is particularly acute in the early afternoon when morning and afternoon shifts overlap. The increase in parking is so great that it’s feared it causes a risk to park users at times.”

Coun Whipp and Pendle Council staff met the Rolls-Royce’s facilities manager to resolve the issue, which was also discussed at the West Craven Area Committee.

“Rolls-Royce and the council are working closely together to resolve the problem,” said Coun Whipp, who chairs the committee. “This will include some parking restrictions in the park together with identifying nearby additional off-street parking.

“Work is expected to take place in the near future. We’ll be keeping a close eye on what happens and taking further action if needed.

“It’s great that Rolls-Royce are employing more staff in Barnoldswick. We’ll continue to work with them to sort out any issues arising from this expansion.”

The proposed measures include marking out parking spaces, double yellow lines, speed restriction roundells and signage to reinforce speed limits within the park and to reserve parking in front of the pavilion for genuine park users.

“These measures will hopefully help to control the parking problems and create a safer environment,” said Coun Whipp.

And if these proved ineffective, the council would consider amending bye-laws to allow enforcement of restrictions, which could include limiting car parking to two hours.

Coun Whipp added: “In order to reduce the risk of moving the problem onto surrounding streets, part of the lorry park off West Close Road will be marked out for day-time car parking.

“Rolls-Royce is also taking forward plans to expand the parking provision within the Bankfield site using areas where old buildings have been demolished.”

Speaking at the West Craven Area Committee, Coun Whipp said: “Hopefully these measures will crack it because it’s wholly unacceptable at the moment. There were 115 cars there the other day.”

Rolls-Royce declined to comment.

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