Clampdown on town’s parking

Ginette Bennett
Ginette Bennett

A CLAMPDOWN on parking near Castleford town centre has been approved by planning bosses.

Wakefield Council’s planning committee rubber stamped plans last week to introduce £10,000 worth of parking restricions in the town’s Wilson Street ‘triangle’.

Traffic measures including residents only parking will be introduced next year on streets in and around Wood Street, Savile Road and Wilson Street.

But business owner Ginette Bennett, who runs an osteopath clinic from premises in Wood Street, said the decision was “heavy handed.”

She said: “I have worked here for 20 years and we have never had any complaints about us using car parking along the street, because generally we are here when residents are at work.

“By the time they come back from work, we have gone. There’s only one patient car and two staff cars at any one time and appointments are only half an hour, so when they leave that space is free.

“As far as trying to supporting a business I just think the council have been really heavy handed.”

Miss Bennett said original plans to make the entire street permit only parking would have been “disastrous” for her clinic and the decision to introduce limited parking of two hours was welcomed.

But she added that while patients could now park for appointments, parking for her staff could be a problem..

She said: “Our main problem is that as far as I’m aware the nearest public paying car park is in the town centre, so we will be doing the reverse of what people are doing now – we’ll be parking in town and walking in.

“Under the circumstances at least we still have a business. Originally I thought this would be a nail in our coffin – if you’re treating people with pain they don’t want to be walking from town to Wood Street.

“As far as patient accessibility, the outcome is fine. But as far as supporting a local business that’s been here for a long time, I still am a little bit upset about it.”

A report to the committee said residents had lodged numerous complaints about the amount of commuters parking in residential areas close to Castleford town centre.

A site observation found streets closest to the town were being “saturated” by non-residential parking, and residents were unable to park near their homes.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I am pleased that the proposed traffic scheme in Castleford can now move forward.

“It will help ensure residents can park near their homes but has also sought to accommodate visitors to businesses in the area.”