Bid to cut pavement surfing in Belmont Road is welcomed
WIDTH restrictions for vehicles travelling along Belmont Road should help to combat ‘dangerous’ pavement surfing, residents have said.
A 6ft width restriction will be imposed on the narrow road between Queen’s and King’s Road on 22 May, initially on a 12-month trial basis.
It will apply to non-residents and signs detailing the new regulations will be installed shortly.
Gary and Chris Willcocks, who have lived in the road for 18 years, said it was a step in the right direction.
‘I am delighted and I think they could go further by reducing the speed limit in the road,’ said Mrs Willcocks.
Mr Willcocks was unsure how it would be policed, but thought something definitely needed to be done.
‘You have to be so careful when you go out of your gate as some vehicles drive all the way along the pavement,’ he said.
Julie Newman, who lives with her husband Andy and their children, said a lot of people used the road as a shortcut between the two main roads.
‘Some drive the whole length of the road along the pavement. My daughter has nearly been run over a few times,’ she said.
There is room for vehicles wider than the restrictions to drive through if parked cars are within the lines.
‘However when they are not it forces some vehicles to mount the pavement to get around a car that is parked too far out or hasn’t folded its wing mirrors in,’ said Mr Newman.
Mrs Newman thought the decision to surf the pavement was also linked to how confident the driver was and at what speed they were travelling.
Because of the narrowness of the road, a vehicle overhanging a car parking space by even a small margin can make it difficult for passing vehicles and residents entering and exiting their driveways.
John Donaldson, who bought his property 35 years ago, has difficulties getting in and out of it if vehicles overhang the spaces on either side.
However, he had some concerns about the new regulations.
‘It is not going to be terribly easy for larger vehicles coming to deliver things to the houses along here, particularly if they are not allowed to park for any length of time,’ he said.
Environment & Infrastructure president Deputy Barry Brehaut said pavement surfing was a major issue in the road.
‘Oversized vehicles tend to put two wheels on the pavement and drive the length of the road,’ he said. ‘This is one measure that we think will stop that from happening.’
He said he was aware of non-residents parking wide vehicles in the road and that it was ‘something we would like to stop’.