Hard line on parkers has ‘done the trick’
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
WARNINGS about fines for motorists who park on village greens “have done the trick” but parish councillors say protective bollards will still be installed.
Members of Cockfield Parish Council agreed to buy metal bollards to stop motorists using the village greens for parking and as shortcuts when they met last week.
Cllr Neville Singleton said: “Since there was a write up in the Teesdale Mercury, it seems to have done the trick.”
Last month, it was reported offenders could face £200 finds. After a number of warnings, the message is finally getting through, he said. However, Cllr Singleton urged councillors to go ahead with the purchase of bollards to stop motorists “driving over and cutting corners”.
Cllr Singleton said lorries making deliveries in the village had left large ruts through part of the green.
Cllr Carole West said: “Heavy vehicles shouldn’t go down there.” Cllr Singleton added: “What we said we would do would be to get 20 bollards at £120 a time but the ones I found are £62 each plus VAT and we will get the VAT back after a time.”
The parish caretaker will start installing them when the weather improves.