Accidents are still happening in the Hedon Market Place despite the re-design of the parking area into diagonal bays to facilitate more careful reserve parking. The claim was made by resident Carol Hunter at the Hedon Town Council’s public participation session last Thursday.
The reverse parking scheme was put in place in October 2019 in response to reported accidents involving cars and/or pedestrians in the Hedon Market Place. The Hedon Town Council had objected to the scheme. Designers, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC), had promised a six-month review of it.
At the public participation meeting, in a question sent in writing prior to the meeting, Carol had asked for news of the overdue review of the scheme. She said that a petition with over 1,000 signatures had been collected which calls for the parking bays to be restored to the way they were before. And CCTV footage showed accidents were still happening.
In response, Councillor Steve Gallant expressed disappointment that the promised six-month review of the scheme had never happened, probably due to the coronavirus outbreak. “As far as the East Riding was concerned there had been no accidents since the scheme had been implemented,” he said. The Town Clerk confirmed that an email had been received by the ERYC and their data showed there had been no collisions since the scheme was put in place. Councillor Gallant suggested that “now was a good time for the petition collected by residents to be sent to the ERYC and any camera footage of accidents and mishaps ought to be sent too”.
Carol in her written question also suggested that railings around the parking area might deter pedestrians from cutting across and walking on the road. Railings outside the Co-op as well may stop drivers from parking there which in turn disrupts the reverse parking. The council agreed to put the feasibility of railings on the next Property Committee agenda. The Town Clerk pointed out there would be difficulties with railings outside the Co-op because of the location of the public bus stop.