Parking is main topic of discussion at town meeting

Station car park in Pocklington.
Station car park in Pocklington.

Parking in Pocklington was the hot topic of debate at the recent annual town meeting.

Residents packed out the studio at Pocklington Arts Centre for the meeting, and several people spoke about the need for extra parking spaces in the town with hundreds of new homes due to be built in Pocklington by 2029.

One Pocklington resident who attended the meeting, Jon Duke, of Canal Lane, suggested that the bus station in Pocklington should be turned into a car park.

He said: “My understanding is that the present bus station is under consideration for a shopping centre. It would be much better to use that space for car parking.”
Another Pocklington resident, John Brown, said: “It is actually an allocation in the [East Riding] Local Plan that the bus station might be considered for development.

“It would require a considerable amount of money to change that.”

It was also suggested by another resident to build a car park on the outskirts of town where commuters could park and catch a bus into York instead of leaving their vehicles in Pocklington town centre.

Town councillor Graham Perry explained that an investigation will be conducted into traffic and parking issues in Pocklington after a petition signed by Pocklington residents was submitted to East Riding Council. Coun Perry recently presented the petition and gave a talk to East Riding Council’s environment and regeneration overview and scrutiny committee about the issues.

A resident expressed concern about the East Riding Local Plan now proposing a minimum of 1,250 new homes for Pocklington between 2012 and 2029.

In response, Pocklington mayor, councillor Paul West, said: “The council is fully aware. We were quite dismayed that minimum was put in there. We will try to contact East Riding Council.”

Phil Gilbank, of Wold Road, Pocklington, asked the town council if anything had happened since a letter was printed in the Post on 26 March that suggested the possibility of charity Young People Count, which supports youngsters in Pocklington and the surrounding area, using the upstairs of Pocklington Police Station as a new venue.

Coun West said the charity would be made aware of this idea.