National Trust member criticises new parking charges

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Greg Smith’s home, which was once a primary school, was shut down 18 years ago and was later converted into a residential house by a local builder. He has lived in the building in Grewelthorpe, near Ripon, North Yorkshire for eight years.

Earlier this month, the 56-year-old was baffled to find a contractor for North Yorkshire County Council painting the ‘school keep clear’ sign outside his home.

He explained to the contractor that the property hadn’t been a school for almost two decades, but the sign was still painted on the road.

As a result, Mr Smith says he and his wife have been forced to park their car away from their home for the fear of getting fined.

According to the RAC, yellow zig-zag lines outside schools, hospitals or fire, police or ambulance stations indicate the length of road where stopping or waiting is strictly prohibited.

The Highway Code states drivers should keep these areas clear of stationary vehicles, even if picking up or setting down children.

Offending drivers who park on yellow zig-zag lines can receive a fixed penalty notice of up to £70 each time.

Mr Smith spoke of the issues that have been caused by the signs and lines outside his house.

He said: “The sign is right outside our house. It’s where my wife usually parks our car and where our neighbours park their cars.

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“It’s a pretty well used parking area, and it’s actually quite a coincidence that no cars were there the day the contractor came, otherwise it would’ve been pretty hard to paint the sign.

“My understanding is if you park on a ‘school keep clear sign’ you could get a fine, a traffic warden could hand it out.

“So, since it’s been done, we’ve been parking elsewhere – a bit of a walk from our house.”

“As my wife has said, it’s been a rotten year, and it was the icing on the cake to see these lines painted. It would be just our luck to get a ticket,” he told Yorkshire Live.

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