July 31 2014 Latest news:
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Homeowners on a busy diversion road have complained that commuters are parking illegally in their street.
Vicarage Road in Cromer is being used to divert traffic from the town’s Mount Street, which is undergoing building work for a new pedestrian crossing.
Traffic cones have been placed on one side of the road to prevent visitors from parking – to allow space for the extra traffic and help residents leave their homes safely.
Debbie Austin, a Vicarage Road resident, said lack of monitoring has meant people are moving the cones.
The retired grandmother-of-six said: “We don’t mind that the traffic has to be diverted but you only need one or two to park there before you have everybody doing it.”
Mrs Austin said she has difficulty seeing out into the road when pulling out of her driveway.
She added: “We have had two people drive the wrong way down the road and we are still getting large lorries. If they could enforce it life would be a lot easier.”
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said it was illegal to park in those areas or drive in an easterly direction along Vicarage Road, while work was taking place.
She said: “The Traffic Regulation Orders are there to enable buses and smaller delivery lorries and vans to carry on using the road so that they can get in and out of Cromer. It is certainly not possible for larger HGVs to use the road and there are very clear signs around Cromer letting drivers know about this.”
The new pedestrian crossing is a Parish Partnership Scheme being carried out between Cromer Town Council and the county council.
Work is being carried out by the county council’s contractor, Kier May Gurney, and is due to be completed on March 7.