It’s a daily event – either a delivery vehicle blocks the road and causes gridlock or parked cars encroach the pavement. Welcome to Ely High Street!
Why are there no traffic wardens patrolling High Street these days? Almost every car is parked diaganoally and therefore illegally, lazy able-bodied motorists arrogantly park in the disabled and motorcyclist bays and delivery vehicles routinely park either in the middle of the road blocking traffic or on the pavement causing the pedestrians to walk into the road while they do the delivery.
Most of the parking bays in Ely are designated as ‘loading bays’ for collecting larger purchases too heavy to carry to a longer stay car park but you can be sure that only a minority of the cars parked in these bays are actually loading.
Only last Friday (20th May) Ely Online came across some extreme cases of irresponsible parking with the worst offender being our local Police force who for some reason decided to park between the pavement and the road. The pictures on this page illustrates.
There are 12 main locations in Ely for parking, ranging from a short stay of 2 hours to a maximun of 23 hours, in total there are 1346 parking spaces. The furthest is less than a 10 minute walk and remember parking in Ely is currently FREE!
These are the parking locations (click street name):
- Ship Lane (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- Forehill (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- Barton Road (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- Newnham Street (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- Cresswells Lane (Long Stay – 14hrs)
- Fishermans (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- Forehill (Short Stay – 3hrs)
- Brays Lane (Short Stay – 2hrs)
- St Marys Street (Short Stay – 2hrs)
- Newnham Street (Short Stay – 3hrs)
- Hereward (Eves & Weekends) (Long Stay – 23hrs)
- The Grange (Eves & Weekends) (Long Stay – 23hrs)
High Street has been closed to traffic on Saturdays between 10am & 4pm for sometime now and is generally hailed as a success so why not implement this for the whole week? In Cambridge this works perfectly, all deliveries have to be made before the City Centre streets are closed to traffic.
If it is decided to retain parking in High Street then a greater presence is required of our traffic wardens.
So do you think Ely should be pedestrianised or are you content with the current arrangement?
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