The Town Council has been pursuing the possibility of short term car parking in the town centre since June 2013. The aim is to provide a greater turnover of spaces for customers of the various businesses in the town centre. Whilst there are no restrictions in place there is equal entitlement to park throughout the town and this results in the cobbled areas being entirely congested (often with very creative parking) whilst the car park remains under utilised. Of course why would one choose to pay for a parking space when there is the chance (albeit slim) of finding a free space. This attitude however, has resulted in irresponsible motoring practices within Kirkbymoorside and this is detrimental to the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike. The short stay parking restrictions were proposed for 2 hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, with no return within 1 hour, on the length of the cobbles on Market Place from Goody’s hair salon to Kirkby News and the roadside parking from the former Natwest building to the top of the Memorial Hall . Now in Spring 2016 we have confirmation that the restrictions have been approved and will be implemented, hopefully by Easter. The NYCC Highways Authority will publicise the Order prior to enforcement and signage will be implemented to clarify the parameters of the restrictions. Click here for details.
Please be advised that long term and short term parking permits are available from the Post Office, for use in the Town Farm car park, and all Ryedale District Council car parks. http://www.ryedale.gov.uk/services/transport-streets/parking/council-car-parks.html#Permits .
Short stay permit
- Max. 2 hours parking on any Council off street car park.
- £52 per year (£4 per week) for Ryedale residents
- No restrictions on how many times a day or week the permit may be used, but you must abide by the local car park bylaws.
Smartcard available now from the Post Office and will soon be available from the home Decorating Centre, Penny Bank Cafe and Something Special.
- Best value if you use the car parks less than once a week.
- A card payment system offering 50% discount on the cash price.
- Comes pre-loaded with £20 worth of parking at a cost of £10.
Long stay permit
- All day parking on any Council off street Long Stay car park.
- £208 per year or £52 per quarter (equivalent to £4 per week).
Please be aware that the Town Council has NO authority on parking. The cobbles and roadside parking are regulated by NYCC Highways Authority and the Town Farm car park is owned and managed by Ryedale District Council. Please direct any complaints or grievances regarding car parking to the appropriate authority.
SHORT STAY PARKING IN KIRKBYMOORSIDE TOWN CENTRE - THE STORY
In respect of the proposed short stay parking it was agreed at the meeting of the Town Council on 17th June 2013 to pursue the possibility of implementing short stay parking restrictions in three locations in the centre of Kirkbymoorside, as follows:
i) 70m on the cobbled area outside the shops on Market Place northbound from Goody’s hair salon to Kirkby News
ii) 100m roadside parking on Market Place southbound from the junction of Crown Square, outside the Methodist Hall to Natwest bank
iii) 30m2 on the cobbled area outside the Spar on junction of Crown Square and Market Place
The short term parking restrictions are proposed for 2 hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
On 11 September 2014 notification was issued by North Yorkshire County Council Highways and Transportation on the consultation to consider proposed limited waiting on Market Place in Kirkbymoorside; a loading bay on West End; and formal bus stops on West End and West Fields, as follows:
It is proposed to limit parking on the Market Place to two hours between the hours of 9am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday, with no return within 1 hour. This is to provide a greater turnover of spaces for customers of the various businesses in the town centre. A loading bay is also proposed on West End, outside West End DIY, from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In addition, the two bus stops on West End and West Fields would be formalised and operate from 7am to 7pm.
The consultation closed on 31st October 2014.
June 2015 Having received no feedback as to the progress of the consultation on the proposed implementation of short term parking in the centre of Kirkbymoorside The Town Council applied pressure to NYCC Highways for a status report and the following response has been received:
I refer to your e-mail dated 21 May asking for “… a report to be compiled providing information on the progress of this matter, detailing time scales of the project and associated explanations for the delays that have been incurred and complexities involved.”.
I regret to inform you that no such formal report will be produced.
What I can say is that the process to get parking restrictions from initial request to “paint on the ground” is a long one. One major factor that can influence the timescales is the priority we assign to any such request. Shrinking budgets have put further burdens on staff and without a high priority, some schemes can be left for considerable periods whilst concerns of a higher priority take the available, limited, resources.
For your information, any request for alterations to, or requests for new Traffic Regulations Orders will not now be considered unless there is a significant personal injury accident history, or unless NYCC wish to progress one. So, if your request came in today, we would have to say no.
As for your Traffic Regulation Order request, the consultation ended at the end of October. When all the papers came to me so I could write the report for the Council’s Executive, I found that there were a number of questions that the objectors had made that still needed answers. I am still waiting for some of those questions to be answered. Until I have all the necessary information, I am unable to complete the report. Indeed, some of the answers may influence the wording of the report, the final recommendation(s) and ultimately the extent and nature of the final Traffic Regulation Order, if in fact there is one at all.
I also need to ask how the traffic markings are going to be laid - as if they need to be laid on the cobbles, then I have serious concerns over the maintenance liability this will create. I may need to weigh the perceived benefits of the Traffic Regulation Order over the maintenance liability any road marking will present.
I am sorry that this whole process is taking longer than you would wish, but I hope the above sheds some light on the reasons for the delays.
Ryedale and Scarborough District Areas
Highways and Transportation
September 2015 Assurances were provided by Richard Marr that the Parking Order outlining the proposal for proposed short term parking enforcement in Kirkbymoorside would be considered at the forthcoming Executive meeting on 15th October at which time the outcome would be determined.
October 2015 The Town Council were informed that no information was available as to any decisions made at the Executive meeting on 15th October because the matter had not been included on the agenda.
November 2015 On 6th November 2015 the Town Council corresponded directly with Richard Flinton, NYCC Chief Executive to express their extreme dissatisfaction with NYCC Highways Authority. Correspondence was received by reply, dated 18th November 2015 offering apologies for the delays experienced and confirming that the matter has been raised with David Bowe, the Corporate Director responsible for Highways and that the issue will be prioritised with an effort to resolve it prior to Christmas!!!!
December 2015 The Town Council has been assured by Richard Marr, NYCC Highways Authority, that the matter will be listed for consideration at the meeting of the BES Executive on 16th December 2015.
January 2016 NYCC Highways Authority confirmed that the Corporate Director, in discussion with the Executive Member for Highways, agreed to the implementation of the Traffic Regulation Order.
The process now involved a 10 day "stand still" period to allow for any formal objections then Legal Services will formally seal the order and once that has been done it will be determined to mark the Order on the ground.
February 2016 The Town Council have confirmation that the restrictions have been approved and will be implemented, hopefully by Easter. The NYCC Highways Authority will publicise the Order prior to enforcement and signage will be implemented to clarify the parameters of the restrictions.
PROPOSED TRIAL ADVISORY PARKING ON PIERCY END
In June 2013 the Council pursued the possibility of implementing a trial of parking markers on the cobbled areas in Kirkbymoorside. The objective of the trial was to maximise the number of car parking spaces available by encouraging motorists to park more considerately.
As you will be aware the cobbled areas on Piercy End varies in width throughout the length of the street allowing motorists to park perpendicular to the pavement in some locations to the north of Piercy End, and with only sufficient width to park parallel to the pavement at the south end. A herringbone style of parking maximises the number of car parking spaces in the area between. However, if one vehicle parks inconsiderately it does have the knock on effect of eradicating several car parking spaces that would otherwise be available. By providing the parking markers it is hoped that motorists will follow the guidelines and a more effective manner of parking will be adopted.
NYCC Highways Authority are the Body responsible for management of the Highways and implementation of such trials. As you will appreciate there are recognised car parking standards (6 metres long by 2.4 metres wide), thereby ensuring adequate space for opening car doors etc. Due to the variation of width down the length of Piercy End, to formally mark the bays out in defined standardised lengths as per recognised car parking standards for the entire length of Piercy End would result in a loss of spaces. Subsequently it is proposed that markers be implemented only at the north of Piercy End, at the widest area with a hope that the standard will be set and the example followed by motorists further down the street. This also limits the number of markers on the pavement which can be unsightly. We do want to avoid scarring Kirkbymoorside as much as possible!!!
Consultation with the residents of Piercy End was carried out in February 2014, with 82% of respondents in favour of the proposal. These findings have been fielded back to NYCC Highways to progress the matter.
June 2015 Despite the popularity of the proposal NYCC Highways have confirmed that they are unable to implement markers in the specified locations.