A SHORTAGE of resources is preventing East Lindsey District Council making changes to bollards on Coronation Walk to stop vehicles parking there, despite residents complaints.
Edward Mayor brought it to The News’ attention that motorists are using Coronation Walk as a place to park, despite it being signposted as a walkway - and part of the historic Viking Way.
Mr Mayor said he had spoken to someone at ELDC who said he was aware of the problem, but that there isn’t the money available to make changes to the site.
The walk, alongside the River Waring and next to the cricket ground, has a number of bollards running at its edge. The bollards stop for a distance, and then start again.
ELDC told Mr Mayor that there was a section alongside the walk that needed to be clear in order to allow vehicles access to the river for maintenance purposes, and it is believed that motorists are using this gap to gain access to park on the path.
Mr Mayor, who lives near Woodhall Spa, said: “I’ve asked the council to put more wooden bollards there to stop motorists from parking there.
“The quality of my walk is being ruined.
“I regularly walk in Horncastle, and regard it as one of my favourite places to come.”
Mr Mayor also pointed out that a lot of the bird life in the River Waring had disappeared, but wasn’t certain if that could be attributed to cars being parked on the site.
He also added: “There would be space to park alongside the road if the bollards were moved a little closer to the walk.
“I think a number of people park here for cricket fixtures.
“If there is an issue with parking, then why not make more spaces available closer to the pitch?”
Lincolnshire County Council told The News it was not an offence to park on the area..
A spokesman said: “If cars are parked on a public right of way this is not considered an obstruction as people can walk around the cars so, therefore, are able to use the footpath.”
Horncastle Town Council said their hands were tied if ELDC were unable to make any changes to the site.
If other residents have come across cars on the site and wish to make a complaint, it is advised that those are made to ELDC.
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