RESIDENTS living near a car park in Norton have finally been allocated their own parking spaces.

The householders living in Bruntwood Terrace, adjoining St Nicholas Street car park, have been calling for allocated spaces for a number of years.

They argued that Ryedale District Council (RDC), which owns the car park, had a long-standing commitment to install parking bollards near their homes, saying they were promised guaranteed parking spaces after they lost their garages when the car park was built.

Last year, Norton Town Council agreed to mark out six spaces and provide signage, which has now been put in place.

Councillor Di Keal, who has led the campaign to provide the parking spaces, said: “They have been a long time coming, but I am absolutely delighted that we have finally won the campaign to provide dedicated parking spaces for the residents of Bruntwood Terrace in the St Nicholas Street carpark.

“It has taken literally years to fulfil a commitment made by Norton Urban Council to the half a dozen householders whose homes are directly opposite the carpark, who were told they would be provided with parking when it was first created.”

Cllr Keal added: “ They are now in place - justice has finally been done - and the residents are thrilled that they will no longer have to fight for a parking space near their homes.

“I would like to thank Norton Town Council for supporting the new spaces and deputy clerk, Tim Hicks and assistant Malcolm Piercy for their hard work in creating the spaces and signs.”

Marjorie Weatherall who has lived in Bruntwood Terrace with her husband Malcolm for 51 years, said they were delighted.

“The car park was just a field when we moved here and when the car park was built we rented garages at first,” she added.

“After all this time we have finally got our own parking spaces and we are really, really delighted. It is lovely to be able to go out in our a car and know we have somewhere to park it when we get back. We are thrilled.”