Leading Pickering councillor Linda Cowling is fighting to save a key parking area in the town’s Potter Hill.
The issue has arisen as a result of the threat of parking tickets being issued to motorists at a point near Southgate where there has been parking for half a century, says the Ryedale District Council member.
“I know of no parking problems in the area,” she said. “The only thing that has changed is the parking enforcement regime. Pickering cannot afford to lose potentially six parking spaces. Many houses in that area have no parking so this will force more cars to compete for the parking spaces which are available on the roadside.”
Her protests have been endorsed by the Town Council. Andrew Husband, the Town Clerk, said a decision had been made by the County Council to enforce restrictions despite its opposition. “What particularly annoys local people is that this area has not be subject to enforcement since its creation.”
Mr Husband added that civil parking enforcement officers have issued tickets on behalf of the County Council through Scarborough Council which is administering it.
“Several vehicle owners have been told by the enforcement officers they will be fined if they continue to park there.”