Formby Labour Councillors say it is the right decision to give t

 
 
 
Formby's three Labour Councillors say it was the right decision to give the red light to plans to place yellow lines throughout Squirrel Green.
 
Squirrel Green residents contacted the Formby Labour Action Team after Formby Area Committee proposed siting the yellow lines along the road to ease the problem of congestion on the road of daytrippers en route to the pinewoods.
 
But residents on the road said the plan was "like using a sledge hammer to crack a nut".
 
Harington Ward Labour Councillor Nina Killen was contacted by the residents in and around Sqirrel Green who were opposed to the yellow lines.
 
Cllr Killen said: "At the Formby Area Committee last week we decided not to implement the double yellow lines on Squirrel Green, Proctor Road, Gorse Way, Larkhill Lane and Birch Green.
 
"Instead we decided to consult with residents to ask them all what type of restrictions, if any, they think are appropriate.


"They will be asked if they would like: no waiting at any time; no waiting between April and October; or no restrictions at all."

 
Some residents had wanted parking restrictions because during the height of summer, the town's roads regularly become congested with visitors' cars parked inconsiderately.

But since the area committee made the decision to implement the parking restrictions, Cllr Killen said a large number of residents along the affected roads complained about the plans.
 
Cllr Killen said: "I received a number of objections from residents after the last Formby Area Committee, who felt double yellow lines would impact significantly on their lives. 
 
"Although many have driveways one family contacted me who had four cars as they had two adult children living at home. Many residents felt it was a 'sledgehammer to crack a nut'. 
 
"I passed these concerns onto the council and felt due to the number of concerns it wasn't appropriate to go ahead with the double yellows. I felt it was the best option to consult with residents and give everyone a say. 
 
"I sympathise with those residents who feel that double yellows are disproportionate to the problem as it only happens on a handful of weekends a year, although I recognise that when it does happen it can cause many problems with access as well as verbal abuse aimed at residents. 

"It was also decided at the area committee, on the request of a Squirrel Green resident, to implement double yellows around the junction of Squirrel Green and Harington Road (about 10m each side of the junction) to discourage dangerous parking on the junction. 
 
"Police issued 10 tickets this weekend to cars parked on the junction due to them being parked dangerously. Double yellows are clearly appropriate there because cars parked there at any time cause an obstruction to cars coming out of Squirrel Green.
 
"This is an issue which I and my Labour colleagues will continue to monitor closely."

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