Drivers in Scarborough looking for free parking could be thwarted as the council is pondering a move to erect security fencing to stop opportunist motorists.

The area in question, opposite the Scalby Mills pub, has been blighted by people using the grassland as a makeshift car park and now the decision has fallen to councillor Andrew Backhouse on whether or not fencing should be installed.

Scarborough council's highways and transport portfolio holder has been inundated with complaints from concerned residents who believe that the site is a potential safety hazard for those living in the area.

A report by the council's head of tourism, Brian Bennett, published by the Scarborough Evening News, said: "Concerns have been raised by the council’s civil enforcement officers that parking in this area is causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians, as a result of vehicles crossing the footway to park."

There was similar problem in nearby Hull where a concerned parent deemed the city's park unsafe without security fencing.

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