YELLOW PARKING PERIL: Fading lines and lack of signs lead to parking chaos

Bairstow Street in Avenham, Preston, where poorly maintained yellow lines are leading to parking problems for residents

Bairstow Street in Avenham, Preston, where poorly maintained yellow lines are leading to parking problems for residents

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A cobbled street is proving resistant to double yellow lines, leading to parking misery for locals.

Frank and Jeannie Fisher have been struggling to park outside their house on Bairstow Street, Avenham, for the past 18 months due to an influx of shoppers, workers and parents on the school run taking advantage of the poorly maintained yellow lines in the city centre spot.

Bairstow Street in Avenham, Preston, where poorly maintained yellow lines are leading to parking problems for residents

Bairstow Street in Avenham, Preston, where poorly maintained yellow lines are leading to parking problems for residents

The area is an A1 area, which means residents need a parking pass, but due to the yellow paint not sticking to the cobbles and the lack of a signage traffic wardens cannot book people.

Frank said: “The parking is a major problem, you are supposed to have to pay for a permit but we haven’t got lines or a sign and people who are not residents are parking here.

“It is one of the few cobbled streets and the paint doesn’t stick very well.

“I have cancer and I can’t park near the house.”

The parking is a major problem, you are supposed to have to pay for a permit but we haven’t got lines or a sign and people who are not residents are parking here.

Frank Fisher

Lancashire County Council says it will be making changes and using a specialpaint to put the lines back on.

Ridwan Musa, Lancashire County Council highways manager, said: “We’re proposing to make some changes in the coming weeks to the way the residents’ parking scheme in Bairstow Street is signed which we hope will resolve some problems.

“The road markings needed refreshing every few months as they quickly wear off the cobble road surface. Also sign plates were regularly being vandalised with spray paint. Without both the signs and lines the parking restrictions can’t be enforced.

“The new signs will be larger and fitted higher making them more difficult to access which we hope will deter vandals.

“The single yellow and double yellow lines will remain and for these we are going to try an alternative material, which although more expensive, has proved effective and lasted much longer in other areas with similar road surfaces.”