Fingers are pointed over parking spat

Motorists are getting away with flouting parking restrictions in Leighton because Amey is allegedly “dragging its heels” on painting yellow lines after it lost its contract with Central Beds Council.

Problems of cars parked on the High Street during restricted hours of 6am to 6pm were discussed at a meeting of the market sub-committee of Leighton-Linslade Town Council on Thursday.

According to the town council some overnight parkers are overstaying, causing problems to market stall holders setting up on a Tuesday and Saturday morning.

At the meeting, the town council’s market officer Stephen Knight described approaching the highways department of CBC only to be told of a delay in contractor Amey carrying out work because its contract hadn’t been renewed past April 2016.

But a CBC spokesman hit back at the claim and said: “We are surprised by these comments as Central Bedfordshire Council is working closely with Leighton-Linslade Town Council on improvements to the town centre, including the market.”

Later in the meeting, it was stated a transfer of one staff member from Amey to CBC may also be a source of confusion within highways.

Currently, only the southern side of High Street is marked by a yellow line, allowing some parkers to flout the rules.

It was previously announced in August that CBC had awarded a new long term Highways contract to Ringway Jacobs, in place of Amey, from April 2016.

The CBC spokesman added: “Current works with Amey are still taking place professionally and CBC has robust plans in place for staff arriving and exiting, and manage these in a way in which works are not affected

Yesterday, a spokesman for Amey said: “We are aware of parking issues on High Street and our team were on site this morning to discuss improvements. There has been no delay in the progress of this work and we continue to deliver our work on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council on time.

“Ahead of the contract transfer, we have seconded some of our people to the council so that they can adopt the required new ways of working as early as possible. Regular meetings are held between ourselves and the council to ensure that services are delivered as normal.”