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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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One-way traffic ‘is only answer’ for Millom

CALLS have been made to convert a congested town centre into a one-way system.

Councillor Ray Cole said it was time to introduce the system in the centre of Millom due to irresponsible parking.

He received the backing of several fellow councillors when he spoke at a meeting of Millom Town Council, with others saying the narrowness of streets was another factor.

Cllr Cole conceded it had become difficult for Copeland Borough Council to police the problem of lazy parking due to the limitations of its resources, but said the situation had become a “shambles”.

He said irresponsible motorists were parking on double yellow lines and even hatched line markings while popping into shops, and made a plea for them to stop doing so.

Cllr Cole claimed “gridlock” could lead to the blockage of streets, denying access to emergency vehicles.

He told the meeting: “What can we do about it? I used to be against one-way streets, but my view is changing because it’s mayhem, absolute mayhem. We have got a major issue.”

Councillor Denise Burness told the meeting on Wednesday: “It’s part of a bigger issue because it’s the movement of traffic causing snarl-ups.

“I think we really should consider a one-way system, because you go down Lapstone Road and the snarl-ups there are unbelievable.

“It’s not always about parked cars – the roads are too narrow to have two-way traffic, so there has to be some sort of traffic control somewhere in the town.”

Councillor Jack Park said: “The parking is absolutely atrocious and the only answer is a one-way system.”

Councillor Fee Wilson said: “We have got surveys here, there and everywhere and rarely do we get the advice and clarity of decision.

“This one is becoming an increasing problem here in Millom and Haverigg and we’ve got to have a holistic approach for the whole of our community.”

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “Millom will be subject to a Traffic Regulation Order Review during 2014/15. This review will look at current waiting and speed limit restrictions while also assessing any requests for new restrictions.”

Have your say

defiantly needs to be a one way system as it makes sense!! who ever was responsible for messing with the pavements years ago near the co-op onto wellington street and other areas needs there heads looking at. Lee most shops in millom are open sat afternoon? there is flower baskets and such like out in summer and where would any one park if it was pedestrianized?

Posted by paul on 19 February 2014 at 18:08

Agreed Lee, make it pedestrian used only. Keep the shops open and make people buy local produce only

Posted by Adrian Ross on 18 February 2014 at 23:21

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