HOURS after receiving a petition containing more than 500 signatures campaigning about parking problems in Dunchurch, the county council painted double yellow lines in the village.
The petition was presented to the authority’s Rugby area committee on Thursday night last week.
It was signed by residents, business and village visitors all opposing plans to paint double yellow lines on one side of Daventry Road. Critics say the restrictions will add to parking problems. On Friday morning, just hours after the petition was handed over, WCC workers arrived in Daventry Road to start painting the double yellow lines.
A spokesman for petition organiser RAPID (Residents’ Action: Parking in Dunchurch) said: “This removes even more on-street parking places in the village, after having already lost spaces in the central car park. Are we seeing the death of Dunchurch village?”
RAPID said it also wanted to highlight WCC wasting taxpayers money.
The spokesman continued: “In its haste to paint the lines, WCC did not notify residents in Daventry Road about its intention, so a number of cars were parked on the road meaning that only half the lines were painted. Line painters will inevitably have to return. Two visits, twice the cost?”
While residents struggle to park, business owners fear that the parking problems are damaging their livelihoods.
Planning permission has also just been granted to turn an empty shop into six flats in the village - with only two parking spaces.
Ward councillor Howard Roberts said: “The people of Dunchurch have been let down. We are supposed to be witnessing a new era of localism, but today we saw local people being ignored. WCC needed to adopt a more intelligent solution to the problem, instead we have a heavy-handed and incoherent approach that will make life harder for residents in Daventry Road.”
Robin Aird, chairman of the parish council, said he was upset that the majority view had not been supported.
WCC said parking was removed for safety reasons and a working group has been set up to look at traffic and parking issues.