Missing signs cost driver dear

Retired firefighter Stewart Poole was surprised to find a parking ticket on his car after a visit to Whitegate Health Centre, due to what he claims is inadequate signing on Cumberland Avenue. Stewart with the only sign, which faces onto Whitegate Drive
Retired firefighter Stewart Poole was surprised to find a parking ticket on his car after a visit to Whitegate Health Centre, due to what he claims is inadequate signing on Cumberland Avenue. Stewart with the only sign, which faces onto Whitegate Drive
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HIGHWAYS chiefs have been accused of not playing fair with motorists who park near a busy health centre.

Retired firefighter Stewart Poole received a parking ticket when he inadvertently left his car on Cumberland Avenue to visit the NHS centre on nearby Whitegate Drive.

He says he did not realise the road was part of a restricted zone because the only signs are at the end of the street.

Mr Poole, 62, of Carleton, is calling on Blackpool Council to make it clearer to motorists the area is part of a residents only parking zone.

But the council says its signage meets legal requirements and it has increased notification by painting warnings on the carriageway.

The scheme was introduced last year at the request of residents who claimed they were unable to park outside their own homes.

Mr Poole said: “I had gone to the NHS drop-in centre and because there was not room in their car park, I decided to leave my car on Cumberland Avenue.

“As far as I was aware, I was parking legally because there were no signs on the street as you would expect and no double yellow lines, apart from near the junction.

“So when I returned to my car, I was shocked to find I had a ticket.

“I then realised the sign was at the junction of Cumberland Avenue and Whitegate Drive.

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“This seems very unfair to me as drivers can easily miss the sign when they are concentrating on traffic and pedestrians as they negotiate the junction on what is a very busy road.

“Also, people are probably quite stressed already when they are on their way to the health centre.”

The council said it had increased awareness of the residents only parking zone following comments some motorists had not realised restrictions were in place.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: “The residents’ parking scheme in this area is fairly new so we have been monitoring how well it is working.

“The signs we had in place met the legal requirements however we have had comments motorists didn’t notice them. We have now also painted this information on the entrance to all of the roads in the scheme.”

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