Council considering legal powers to stop sale of cars at roadside in North East Lincolnshire
THE council will consider a range of legal powers to prevent cars for sale being parked on the roadside.
It comes less than two months after it abandoned plans to impose a two-hour waiting restriction along Grimsby Road, in Cleethorpes, to deal with the problem.
Instead the council will seek to use the Clean Neighbourhoods Act or section 147A of the Highways Act to prevent parking spaces being taken up for long periods by vehicles for sale.
The former outlaws the sale of two or more vehicles within 500 metres of each other; the latter makes it illegal to offer for sale any item on the verge of a trunk or principal road.
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Council lawyer Dick Marshall said the "draconian measure" of control orders would be considered as a last resort if these options were unsuccessful.
He told a Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Panel meeting that the authority had decided against introducing a new byelaw, as it would be "inappropriate" where legislation already existed.
Head of development, Jason Longhurst, said the move represented a "step away from looking at traffic regulation orders".
As reported, portfolio holder Peter Wheatley agreed to impose a two-hour waiting limit along Grimsby Road in response to a petition demanding action to stop cars for sale parking along the roadside.
However, after objections from residents who would have been affected by the blanket restriction, the council decided to drop the order before it was even imposed.
Councillor Philip Jackson (Con, Waltham) said he was pleased the council had abandoned the idea of uniform parking restrictions along Grimsby Road.
He accused the Labour administration of performing a "massive U-turn on a measure that was never going to work" after previously claiming they had resolved the issue.
He referred to November's full council meeting at which council leader Chris Shaw taunted his opponents for failing to tackle the problem during their eight years in charge because they "couldn't seem to get their little heads around it".
Councillor Jackson said: "I'm pleased that we've abandoned the idea of the uniform parking restrictions on Grimsby Road, but we certainly haven't solved the problem as the leader of the council said a couple of full councils ago."
Councillor Wheatley replied: "If something has never been implemented I can't see how you can do a u-turn."