The end of free parking at Frees Avenue is nigh
Almost a year to the day since pledging to bring an end to free parking on Frees Avenue, Marlborough Town Council has confirmed that double yellow lines will be painted this summer.
Back on April 27, 2015 the council announced that there were plans to introduce double yellow lines at Frees Avenue, which crosses Marlborough Common.
The pledge was made at the Annual Parish Meeting, which is an opportunity for the electorate to hold its council to account.
Responding to concerns from a parishioner, the council confirmed that a request to Wiltshire council for double yellow lines along the Common side of Frees Avenue with broken yellow lines on the other side as far as the junction of St Luke’s Avenue – the road that leads to Merlin Court care home – had been submitted in January 2015.
This year’s annual parish meeting is due to be held on Monday, April 25 (Town Hall, 7pm) and as no yellow lines had materialised, Marlborough News Online prompted the town council for an explanation.
Town Clerk Shelley Parker, after consultation with Wiltshire Council, was able to confirm that several parking orders – including the one to restrict parking at Frees Avenue – will be going ahead in June.
The hold up, she said, had been because there had been objections to other parking orders in the town, which were being dealt with en bloc.
The move will be welcomed by many users of The Common who are concerned that parking along Frees Avenue puts pedestrians at risk – the bottle neck tends to encourage drivers to speed through the congested area.
Particularly, concern has been expressed by parents whose children play rugby on The Common.
However, the road does provide free parking for people who work in the town, want to avoid the parking charges in the centre, and don’t mind a hike back up Herd Street at the end of the day.
Those commuters will now be forced to find parking elsewhere.