NEW parking restrictions on two roads close to Hinchingbrooke Hospital look set to be introduced in a bid to prevent patients and staff – as well as commuters – from clogging the roads. More than 350m of double yellow lines could be painted on the access

NEW parking restrictions on two roads close to Hinchingbrooke Hospital look set to be introduced in a bid to prevent patients and staff - as well as commuters - from clogging the roads.

More than 350m of double yellow lines could be painted on the access to road to Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Christie Drive if the proposals by Cambridgeshire County Council get the go ahead.

On the access road, the lines would extend for 100m on both sides of the road from its junction with the roundabout.

The restrictions on Christie Drive would extend from its junction with the access road for 82.5m past the Woodland Centre on the south side, and 71m on the north side, up to the entrance of the Forensic Science Services laboratory.

The move could affect visitors to the country park, staff at the hospital and patients and relatives trying to avoid paying for tickets in hospital car park. It follows a petition submitted to the council by residents concerned about safety.

A number of streets close to the town centre could also soon be affected by new parking restrictions after residents there also submitted their own petition.

CCC has proposed "Prohibition of Waiting" orders for Primrose Lane, which would see 170m of double yellow lines painted along the north-east side of the road, starting close to its junction with American Lane.

Restrictions are also suggested for Priory Road, Priory Grove, Avenue Road and Cowper Road.

Ross Hamilton, traffic technician at Cambridgeshire County Council, said funding for the projects had recently become available - each scheme costing in the region of £2,500.

Maps and details of the restrictions are available for inspection at the council offices in St Mary's Street.

Objections to the proposals, along with the grounds on which they are made, must be sent in writing by September 2 to Brian Smith, Executive Director, Environment Services, West Highways Division, Stanton House, Stanton Way, Huntingdon, PE29 6PY.

For more information about the proposals, call Ross Hamilton on 0345 045 5212.