TURNING CIRCLE – SIR GEORGE MARTIN DRIVE

You may be aware that the turning circle at Sir George Martin Drive which also houses the bottle bank has recently been widened. I have received reports from a local resident that this has not stopped vehicles over-running the verge and causing damage to the newly laid verges. A suggestion of double yellow lines was also made. I took this up with the Highways Officer and he responded as follows:

“Very disappointing, the kerb alignment reflected the desire line where vehicles had over-run the grass, not wide enough for some ! I had heard from the team on site that Buses were parking up and taking breaks in a similar position. I am not an expert on Parking Restrictions and their justification, however I consulted my colleague  earlier about the recommendation (of double yellow lines), his comments below are in purple.”

 “Double yellow lines in these circumstances would not be effective. This is because the drivers of the vehicles stopping in the turning circle appear to be staying with their vehicles and if a warden approached them they could simply move off. In a location fairly remote from other restrictions any enforcement would be sporadic.”

Not very positive, but reluctantly the only other alternative is to look at physical deterrents.”