Fight to save layby

Lucy Bellars of Wisbech Road post office and stores they are concerned this layby which is used by customers may be closing and people will have nowhere to park
Lucy Bellars of Wisbech Road post office and stores they are concerned this layby which is used by customers may be closing and people will have nowhere to park

A MARCH postmaster is planning to fight a decision not to re-mark a layby which has been outside his business for years.

Richard Bellars and his wife Lucy run the Wisbech Road Post Office and Stores and they have heard - although say they have not been told officially - that the layby used by customers will not be reinstated.

The markings have not been replaced since improvements were carried out last year to the footpath on Wisbech Road to Russell Avenue.

Mrs Bellars said she only found out the layby wasn’t to be reinistated when she asked the council for it to be re-marked.

The couple say they have been kept in the dark over the issue and haven’t had a chance to make their case to anyone.

Mr Bellars fears his business will be affected if customers aren’t allowed to park in the layby and he said the bollards outside the business would need to be removed if this is the case.

Mrs Bellars explained the bollards mean customers can’t pull completely off the road.

The reason the layby isn’t set to be reinstated appears to be because police are concerned it has safety implications and affects visibility.

Charles Bedford, of Cambridgeshire Highways, explained after speaking to the police their comment was they “had no desire” to see the layby re-marked.

Mr Bedford told the Citizen: “Following works completion and issues raised over a number of years regarding parked vehicles in the area obstructing visibility of other road users, especially those exiting Hillside Road (vehicles using this area parked over the zig-zags on the pedestrian crossing nearby is an offence under the Road Traffic Act) as a responsible designer, I consulted the Traffic Management Officer of Cambridgeshire Constabulary to ask advice regarding replacement of the “layby” markings.

“The recommendation from the Traffic Management Officer was vehicles parking within the area would have safety implications and he had no desire to re-mark the layby.”

The layby has been used for years, longer than the six years the Bellars have been at the store.

Mrs Bellars explained the pedestrian crossing zig-zags have been extended in front of their premises which makes parking even more difficult.

“We need to fight for the layby,” said Mrs Bellars adding customers have been told by police they will get a ticket if they park there.