A recent postal survey undertaken by local MSP, Stuart McMillan, indicates that on-street parking within the Weymouth Crescent estate is causing major problems for residents – with respondents raising concerns about the impact on the bus route.
Almost one in five residents (19.7%) within the estate responded to the survey, of which 86.5% said on-street parking is a problem.
Over a quarter of respondents (26.9%) claimed hospital visitors parking in the estate is a key factor, and one in ten (10.1%) felt residents are not using their driveways fully.
Over a third (37%) said that on-street parking is restricting accessibility and visibility for both drivers and pedestrians, with many vehicles bumping up on the pavement – which is now to be banned after the Transport (Scotland) 2019 Bill passed in the Scottish Parliament last week.
Almost one in ten (8.9%) felt that congestion was consequently an issue within the estate.
The most common solution suggested by respondents to alleviate the problem was for double yellow lines to be introduced on at least one side of the road.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Stuart said:
“I decided to contact every resident within the Weymouth Crescent estate after a constituent raised on-street parking with me in the area. This was to determine whether other residents thought vehicles parking on the street was causing issues, and the results evidence that this is the case.
“Many residents also expressed concerns about buses being unable to navigate the estate and feared that the route would be cut as a consequence. This would not be good for residents who rely on the bus service and would not be good for the planet, as buses are vital to helping reduce carbon emissions.
“Therefore, I am asking Inverclyde Council to investigate this matter with genuine consideration paid to the results of my survey.
“For me, the most logical solution is to paint double yellow lines on one side of Weymouth Crescent and for the street to become one-way. This would mean buses – and emergency service vehicles – would have a clear path through the estate, and drivers would not be worried about encountering a car head-on but having nowhere to pull in.
“I do however recognise that I am not an expert in traffic management, but the message from my constituents is clear: on-street parking at Weymouth Crescent is causing significant issues for them as pedestrians, as drivers, and as bus users. Something must be done, and I will push for action to be taken to address the issue.”
John Crowther, who is the Councillor for the area, added:
“The problem with Weymouth Crescent and indeed other areas throughout Inverclyde is the increase in the number of vehicles on roads today.
“While the parking facilities included during the construction phase of Arran View would have been acceptable at that time they would have failed to meet the more rigorous standards of today.
“Weymouth Crescent does present us with a number of issues due to the layout of the road with an incline, moderate bend and numerous junctions which, when coupled with an increased volume of traffic and a busy bus route, leads to safety issues. This can only be addressed by a traffic management review in order to ascertain where this fits into Inverclyde Council’s priority list for traffic management measures”.