PROPOSALS to restrict parking in 29 streets in the West Wight this year for safety reasons, was approved at the Isle of Wight Council's Cabinet meeting this week.

At Thursday (June 13) evening's meeting at County Hall, Cabinet chairman, Cllr Phil Jordan, saw his Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) reviews gain full backing from fellow members.

Cllr Jordan, also the Isle of Wight Council's cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, highways PFI and transport strategy, submitted a report, proposing parking restrictions to the following streets in the West Wight area:

FRESHWATER — Chine Close, Clayton Road, Brookside Road, Guyers Road, Heathfield Road, Colwell Road, Elm Close, Middleton, Military Road, Hooke Hill, Sunset Close, Queens Road, Regina Road and Colwell Chine Road.

SHALFLEET — Main Road and Newbridge.

TOTLAND — Colwell Chine Road, Headon Rise, York Lane, Alum Bay New Road, The Avenue, Warden Road, Lanes End, Moons Hill and Highdown Road.

SHORWELL — Military Road.

YARMOUTH — St James Square, Basketts Lane and Mill Road.


In addition, approval was given to include Pritchetts Way, Rookley.

However, implementation of the TRO proposal at the Albion Hotel, Freshwater Bay (known as Freshwater footpath 59) has been deferred for a month, to allow further discussions to clarify details with Freshwater Parish Council.

The proposals followed consultation with members of town and parish councils and ward councillors in each affected area, between November and December last year.

In his report, Cllr Jordan wrote: "The council — as the local highway authority — has a duty to ensure the expeditious and safe movement of people, services and goods on the Island's highway.

"Island Roads strongly advised the approval of all proposals on grounds of safety." 

The West Wight areas (which includes Rookley) forms one of six areas of the Island identified by the Isle of Wight Council for a two-year cycle of rolling TRO reviews.

To implement all highway changes and making the TROs, it will cost the rate payer £33,900 (plus VAT), which will come from the authority's highways capital budget for 2024-25.

Annual maintenance costs would be around £6,200 (plus VAT) annually, for the next 14 years, which will be included in the annual payment of the Island Roads maintenance contract.

All works will be delivered by the end of this calendar year, Cllr Jordan concluded.