Double yellow lines will improve safety on Hartlepool estate

Clavering Road, Hartlepool, where the double yellow lines are to be painted.

Clavering Road, Hartlepool, where the double yellow lines are to be painted.

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Double yellow lines are to be added to a stretch of road on a Hartlepool estate to combat problem parking and improve safety.

Residents and ward councillors complained to Hartlepool Borough Council about cars parking on Clavering Road forcing vehicles to pull into the middle of the road near a bend to get past.

The benefit to road safety of the yellow lines, close to a busy primary school, would be a significant improvement

Alastair Smith, Hartlepool Borough Council

Stagecoach has also raised complaints and there is a primary school and sheltered housing close by.

Council officers had also proposed creating a six-space car park near Bellasis Grove, but the idea did not go down well with residents and has been withdrawn.

But the double yellow lines were supported and are set to be painted on Clavering Road.

A report by Alastair Smith, the council’s Assistant Director (Neighbourhoods), stated: “Vehicles travelling east overtake the parked cars requiring vehicles to straddle the centre line on the approach to the bend.

“This brings vehicles into conflict with oncoming vehicles, which is a particular concern because the road is a bus route, and Stagecoach have previously expressed concerns.” One reason the car park was opposed by residents was fears it could be monopolised by one resident who it was alleged parks nine vehicles in the vicinity.

The council said the resident is being investigated through the planning enforcement process as it appears a business may be being run from one of the properties.

Mike Blair, the council’s technical services manager, said: “We did suggest construction of a six space car park but during the consultation process we received a negative response to that particular element.”

Regarding the yellow lines Mr Smith added in his report to the Neighbourhood Services Committee: “However, the benefit to road safety of the yellow lines, close to a busy primary school, would be a significant improvement and these are still recommended for approval.”

One Clavering resident asked councillors to consider introducing a resident parking permit scheme for the area.

Committee chairman, Councillor Marjorie James, said they would look at the issue later if residents still felt it was needed.

Coun James said: “We will revisit it in six months which will allow the yellow lines to be put in place and monitored for a period of time.”

The authority says people will still be able to pick up and drop passengers off in the area of the double yellow lines as well as take any deliveries.

A traffic regulation order advertising the yellow lines will now be made by the council.