PEOPLE are being invited to share their concerns about parking and congestion in a Ryedale village.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has received requests to change parking restrictions around Thornton-le-Dale.

Cllr Janet Sanderson said: “The village has changed significantly in the last decade, so this is an ideal opportunity to reassess what works and make any necessary adjustments.

“If yellow lines are marked where there is potentially dangerous parking, then the traffic wardens can enforce efficiently and quickly.

“I cannot stress how important the village parking consultation is for people to voice their concerns and hopefully change their village for the better.”

NYCC wants to make the existing yellow lines legally enforceable by renewing the Traffic Regulations Order.

Large areas of the yellow lines in Thornton-le-Dale are unenforceable, which means illegal parking cannot be enforced and the public are not as safe as they could be.

Sandra Bell, chairman of Thornton-le-Dale Parish Council, said: “During the summer, the village can become particularly congested due to increased tourism and traffic.

“There are plenty of parking options around Thornton-le-Dale, so with increased education, hopefully we can resolve the concerns together as a village.”

Before starting a formal public consultation, the highways department is holding a drop-in session to seek wider initial views.

Richard Marr, the Highways area manager, said: “We have received requests to look at parking restrictions, but before taking proposals we are really keen to hear from residents and businesses around the village.”

The drop-in session will take place on Wednesday, December 18, from 2pm to 7pm, in the Hill Memorial Institute.