Investigation to be carried out into traffic in town

An investigation will be conducted into traffic and parking in Pocklington. Pictures is West Green car park.
An investigation will be conducted into traffic and parking in Pocklington. Pictures is West Green car park.

An investigation will be conducted into traffic in Pocklington after a petition signed by Pocklington residents was submitted to East Riding Council.

The petition, containing 38 signatures, highlights the town’s traffic and parking issues.

Town councillor Graham Perry presented the petition and gave a talk to East Riding Council’s environment and regeneration overview and scrutiny committee about the issues, with support from East Riding ward councillor, Claude Mole.

The committee unanimously agreed to request officers to investigate the matter and report back with their recommendations in due course.

Coun Perry said: “We [town council] talked to our ward councillors at town council meetings. We felt the need to get a professional study about the car parking and traffic congestion in Pocklington. The ward councillors agreed with us that it would make sense.

“Over the past few months the town council has had a number of strong representations about the amount of traffic and street parking and the use of the car parks. We made a very strong case [to the committee], it was well received and they have indicated they will now pursue it.”

Coun Mole agrees that parking and traffic problems in the town need to be looked at.

He explained: “Parking and traffic has been exacerbated over the years by a significant increase in new builds and this petition highlights the issues both current and in the future.”

The petition states: “In view of the likely extra traffic generated in the town from the development of 1,250 extra houses in the next 15 years, it is requested that the overview and scrutiny committee of the East Riding Council enquire into the current traffic situation in Pocklington and to advise on methods which could be adopted to minimise the impact on both local people, workers and visitors to the town.”