Parking review: Ways to tackle Pocklington’s problems

Coun Andy Strangeway at West Green Car Park in Pocklington, which the report suggests should have a two-hour parking limit.
Coun Andy Strangeway at West Green Car Park in Pocklington, which the report suggests should have a two-hour parking limit.

A review of parking in Pocklington has been carried out and a report compiled with recommendations of how to maximise parking in the town.

Recently elected Pocklington Provincial Ward councillor Andy Strangeway conducted the review, which involved consulting with residents, local businesses and Pocklington School. He has subsequently produced a report containing proposals for improving parking in the town.

If the recommendations in the report were implemented, it would see parking restrictions introduced at two of the three main car parks, more parking bays created and an increase in one-way streets.

Coun Strangeway said: “Urgent action is needed to tackle the town’s parking problems. The recommendations will go a long way to addressing these issues. We must maximise not monopolise parking in Pocklington.”

The East Riding councillor has divided the report into three categories, short term (within two years), medium term (two to five years) and long term (more than five years).

For short term recommendations, the report suggests introducing a two-hour parking limit at West Green Car Park and making the Station Car Park available for 24 hours a day. At the Rear Station Car Park, it recommends that access is permitted via a rear gate on Pocklington School premises.

The report says Cemetery Lane, from West Green to Sainsbury’s, London Street, from Percy Road to Beech Court, and Percy Road, from Burnby Lane to Kirkland Road, should been changed to one way streets.

It also claims there is the potential for up to 45 new parking bays in the town, on Pavement, Cemetery Lane, Robinson Close, Union Street, Railway Street, Market Street, Regent Street and outside the arts centre.

To encourage cycling, it says more cycle racks need to be installed in the town. Coun Strangeway explained: “A key tool to maximise parking bays is to encourage and support cyclists. There are up to 300 cyclists visiting Pocklington on a Sunday alone. With some cycles costing £5,000, security is fundamental. We need more cycle security points near to locations cyclists frequent.”

To improve pedestrian safety, the report claims two new zebra crossings are required, one at the top of Percy Road at the junction with Kilnwick Road and the other where the school children cross the road on London Street.

In the medium term, it recommends the introduction of a park and ride.

Coun Strangeway said: “We are all aware that Pocklington is growing. We cannot provide enough parking bays in Pocklington to meet the demand. As such we need to establish a park and ride on Pocklington Industrial Estate.”

The report says a one-way system should be considered for the town centre. It also says three new mini roundabouts should be built in the town, one at the junction of Chapmangate and George Street, another at the Hallgate/ Market Street crossroads with Chapmangate and a third at the tennis club junction with West Green.

In the long term, it says a new road should be built to connect the Burnby Lane/ The Balk road with Kilnwick Road.

Coun Strangeway commented: “Although I have consulted with residents, local businesses and Pocklington School, I would make no claim that this review is definitive. If you believe I have missed an opportunity to improve parking in Pocklington please do not hesitate to contact me.

“Some of the proposals mentioned will need to go to public consultation. I encourage everyone to be part of any consultation. I will now discuss my parking review with East Riding Council officers.”

To read the report in full, visit https://andystrangewayindependent.com. You can contact Coun Strangeway by emailing him at info@island-man.co.uk.