Many local residents are understandably concerned about the detailed design of the parking scheme we are being consulted on (deadline for your responses, 13th January).
Residents worry that there won’t be enough parking spaces, and that the particular circumstances of specific streets have not been taken into account in the design of the scheme. The recommendations of the HEGLAT working group don’t appear to have been listened to.
Some people are so worried that they are considering voting no to the whole idea of a parking scheme.
However, if we vote no to the scheme on offer, we will not be presented with a better scheme. All that will happen is that our current situation will continue – dangerous, clogged streets, difficult to negotiate for parents, kids, and delivery drivers.
Happily, there is a way to indicate that you support the principle of a parking scheme, but have concerns about the current design. This is to answer yes to the first question and explain your concerns in the space provided for comments. For maximum impact, also email your comments to your ward councillors and to the councillors on the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, who will have the final say on our parking scheme in March.
The lead officer working on the project confirmed by email in December that:
Members [ie elected councillors on the committee] have the ability to agree, reject or amend any element of the proposals within the report. Should a scheme go ahead, any recommended changes the committee decide on can be incorporated during the traffic order stage for further consultation.
Representations from residents in Cobden Road have already persuaded council officers that the final version of the scheme will retain echelon parking in that street, and will recommend that it be made one way, to allow parallel parking on the other side (an increase in proposed spaces overall). So there is room to manoeuvre, and your comments could really make a difference. If you have already submitted your form but have detailed comments or suggestions to make, you can always email them to firstname.lastname@example.org