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LINES SAGA OVER – double yellows are finally on road at jail
Cornwall Council have painted double yellow lines along Berrycoombe Road, outside Bodmin Jail, after residents complained about traffic issues from parked cars; inset, Cornwall councillor Pat Rogerson welcomed the move. Photos Ollie Young/Paul Williams

Cornwall Council have painted double yellow lines along Berrycoombe Road, outside Bodmin Jail, after residents complained about traffic issues from parked cars; inset, Cornwall councillor Pat Rogerson welcomed the move. Photos Ollie Young/Paul Williams

7th July 2021

By Ollie Young

Residents are breathing a sigh of relief after double yellow lines were finally painted near Bodmin Jail.

The lack of lines on Berrycoombe Road had been a serious bone of contention in the town before they were finally added last week.

Residents had noted the serious safety concerns and traffic issues caused with people parking on the side of the road, adjacent to the Jail and Bodmin Jail Hotel. With the lines now in place, visitors will be required to use the new Berrycoombe Road car park that the Jail has funded as part of its development project.

The news has been welcomed by Cornwall councillor Pat Rogerson and some locals but doubts do remain over whether the lines will have an impact or just cause a problem elsewhere near the new attraction.

After months of controversy and anger from residents, double yellow lines have finally been introduced outside of the Bodmin Jail Hotel and Bodmin Jail.

Berrycoombe Road runs adjacent to both the sites and has long been a thorny issue with locals worried about the safety issues that the parked cars created. Residents had previously urged Cornwall Council to have the lines painted “before somebody gets hurt” and were told that the operation would take place at some point over the summer.

However, as the pressure began to swell, the lines were painted, much to the delight of those concerned. The move was also welcomed by Cornwall councillor Pat Rogerson, who told the Voice: “I am delighted that, at last, the yellow lines are in place at Scarlett’s Well Road. “When I visited at the weekend there was no-one parked on them and the car park was being well used.

I will monitor the situation in case enforcement action should be needed. I am grateful for residents’ patience over the issue.” Visitors who now attend the attraction will now have to park in the Berrycoombe Road car park that has been added as part of the Jail’s development.

The new yellow lines run from the junction opposite the Jail all the way along the road up until the Scarlett’s Well Road corner, although there has been a mixed reaction from residents with some happy but others still unsure on whether the lines will make an impact.

One resident wrote: “This is great news, it’s been a nightmare.” However, another added: “Great to see, but they have never stopped selfish drivers parking in St Mary's Road.

Needs regular enforcement and hefty fines.” Whilst someone else added: “Will it stop parking? I think not, yellow lines on their own do not stop parking, it also needs traffic wardens to stop parking.

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