A plan to paint double yellow lines on roads in Freshwater is proving controversial.

Freshwater Parish Council has received a draft Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to change where people can and can’t park in the Freshwater Bay area.

If the plans go ahead, there’ll be a ‘no waiting at any time‘ rule introduced to areas on the following roads:

  • Afton Road
  • Gate Lane
  • Bedbury Lane
  • The Square
  • Victoria Road
  • Freshwater Footpath

Councillor for Freshwater South, John Medland says he’s been pressing for some parking controls to be brought in because of problems with people parking on the pavement and forcing people to walk onto the road.

However, he says the plans have gone too far and could affect footfall of local businesses:

“The officers who drew up the plans also included areas which hadn’t been complained about – introducing double yellow lines almost up to Farringford House – which people quite sensibly feel is very offputting and unfriendly for an area which heavily relies on tourism.

“We want to develop it as a tourism area and having double yellow lines doesn’t really give the right impression”

Residents originally had until 12th January, but Freshwater Parish Council says they’ve been told by the Isle of Wight Council a formal end of consultation date is yet to be set.

Isle of Wight Radio has asked the Isle of Wight Council for more information on when, or if, an official consultation will begin.