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Flower barricades in line to stop drivers parking on Castle Green
DRIVERS who try to park on Taunton’s Castle Green will soon find their way is blocked after new measures were announced to tackle the growing problem.
Large flower pots will be used as barricades to stop care-free motorists parking on the £3million development, which was re-opened as an open space by Prince Edward in September, and could be there within days.
Cllr Mark Edwards, deputy leader of Taunton Deane Council, said: “It is with great sadness that we have had to take these measures to stop motorists parking in Castle Green.
“This is the cultural heart of our town, it’s a wonderful space which a great deal of time and money has been spent.”
The County Gazette has carried a series of articles and photographs over recent weeks showing dozens using the development – which used to be a car park – as a free-for-all.
Planters will be used temporarily while legal measures are implemented and will be moved to restore Castle Green’s open character.
Cllr Edwards added: “I am personally hugely disappointed that so many motorists have chosen to disregard our polite requests to stop parking in this area.
“We are forced to take this action and we will be progressing the necessary traffic orders so we will be able to police this in future.”
The access road through the open space to the Castle Hotel car park and for deliveries to the shops and pubs is the only area vehicles are authorised to use.
Cllr Catherine Herbert, responsible for sport, parks and leisure, says it’s a “great shame” the council has been forced to resort to planters but believes they will be more attractive than ranks of parked cars.
Wessex Water diggers are due to move on to Castle Green on Monday (March 4) to carry out mains upgrades at specific parts of the development.