Penarth family reassured they will not be affected by Hickman Road parking changes
3:21pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Penarth news
A PENARTH dad-of-two who hit out at plans to remove the resident parking bay outside his home amid fears for the safety of his family has been reassured by the Vale of Glamorgan Council that he will not be affected.
John O’Toole wrote a letter of objection to the local authority after a notice on a lamp-post across the road was brought to his attention which suggested proposed changes to parking on Hickman Road.
He said removing the resident bays in place of ‘one hour no return’ spaces would have a “devastating effect” on his family’s quality of life.
“I will have a resident parking permit with no where to park,” he said.
“Hickman Road is an absolute death trap. It is extremely busy with blind bends.
“My wife will now be asked to return from, say a shopping trip, loaded up with carry bags and holding two young children. It will put us in direct danger daily.”
But the Vale of Glamorgan Council say there is no intention of removing the resident bays.
Group engineer for highways and traffic, Paul Gay, said: "As with the introduction of all traffic regulation orders, there is a period of public notice which allows objections to be received.
"An objection has been received in relation to this matter however the resident has misinterpreted the council’s proposals and there is no intention of removing the ‘residents only parking bays’ as suggested by the resident.
"The resident will be contacted in due course and the position clarified."
Mr O’Toole said it seemed there had been a mix-up at the council.
“I was told the notice was in relation to bays outside Blockbuster,” he said. “Not that they have ever been signposted as resident bays as far as I know.
“But I am glad we will not be affected.
“Several other residents interpreted the notice in the same way as me. It is very unclear.
“Obviously the council made a mess at some point on the highways plan and now they are trying to rectify that with the parking wardens back in effect.”