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05 July 2018

PARKING restrictions will be introduced on the village crossroads to improve safety.

The Parish Council suggested the measures to address ongoing road safety issues caused by parking on both sides of the road between the stop line and a traffic island. Durham County Council has agreed to introduce parking and waiting restrictions on the C26/B1278 at Fishburn.

In 2013 a road safety audit - which showed there had been five accidents in the previous five years with six casualties - led to measures such as enhanced road markings, signs and better grip surfacing at the junction.

Last November the County Council began consultation over the new proposal. Two businesspeople objected, saying it was a waste of money and extra parking would be better and fearing the impact on trade. The scheme was backed by the police, ambulance service and parish council and Cllr John Robinson.

The highways committee considered the proposal when it met at County Hall on Thursday 5th July 2018. Members endorsed it for a final decision by corporate director of regeneration and local services Ian Thompson under delegated powers.

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