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Council to act as drivers park on Castle Green
CAR owners damaging a recently unveiled £2.6million open space have been warned that action will be taken if they continue to park there.
A number of drivers have been parking in Castle Green, a revamped public area partially created on a former car park.
Motorists and pedestrians approached by the County Gazette at the site were confused as to whether parking is allowed.
A Taunton Deane Council spokeswoman said: “Castle Green is a designated open space in the heart of Taunton created for people to enjoy, to use and to join in events.
“Unfortunately, some drivers have not recognised the area as an open space and are using the paved areas as an ad hoc parking area. This not only spoils the open space, but also puts pedestrians and drivers at risk.”
She said the stone paving has been damaged by rubber and oil residue from vehicles.
“The access road through the open space to the Castle Hotel car park, and for deliveries to shops and pubs, is the only area vehicles are authorised to use,” she said.
“Taunton Deane Council is reluctant to put in physical measures to block access by vehicles and wants drivers to use public car parks nearby.
"If vehicles continue park on the open space the council will take more formal action to protect it as well as those wanting to enjoy it for the reasons it was provided.”