Drivers warned about parking in the main street
The Shropshire Council recalled that parking is limited on High Street in Bridgnorth – to allow the weekly outdoor market to take place.
The rules mean motorists must not use the parking areas between 6.30am and 6pm on Saturdays, but during the third lockdown there was an increase in the number of drivers ignoring the restrictions.
A spokesperson for the council said that while this was not a major problem because the market was operating at reduced capacity, it was now a problem.
Frances Darling, Head of Trade Standards and Licensing at the Council, said: “We recognize how important trade is to Bridgnorth’s economic recovery and want to make sure this is sustained as much as possible. We also appreciate that people want to visit the city and make the most of what’s on offer, now we’re coming out of the third lockdown.
“Unfortunately, we have had reports of vehicles being left overnight on Friday, which has caused problems for exhibitors who are settling in on Saturday morning when they find a car parked at their location. There are also examples of motorists parking in the small spaces between the stands when the market is in operation.
“It is vital from a public safety perspective that High Street Saturday parking lots are vehicle-free to allow market traders to set up their stalls in designated areas. This helps prevent dangerous obstruction of the highway and minimizes the risk of damage to pedestrians and other road users.
“I urge all who drive in Bridgnorth on Saturdays to ensure that they obey the parking restrictions on the High Street at all times. For those who wish to park from Friday evening to Saturday morning, please use the city car parks.
“While enforcement action is always a last resort, our civil law enforcement officers will monitor the situation and, if necessary, issue penalty notices to vehicles that violate the High Street parking restriction.
Lee Jakeman, Bridgnorth City Council Clerk, said: ‘We are working closely with Shropshire Council to ensure the town reopens safely as we exit the third lockdown. We recognize that parking restrictions on the High Street limit motorists’ access to the city center; however, we are also seeing the benefits that the market brings to footfall, which has the potential to foster economic recovery for the city as a whole.
“We want to do our best to ensure a positive balance for all who live, visit and work in the city center, and encourage all motorists to obey the parking restrictions.”