What is Hanover Streets for People?

This website is managed by Dani Ahrens, a longstanding Hanover resident, with contributions and support from other people who live and work in the area.

It aims to be a resource for anyone who would like to see our local streets transformed into more open, accessible and safe spaces for everyone to be.

The consultation in December 2016 on a controlled parking zone scheme for Hanover and Elm Grove is an opportunity to think about different ways to use our shared street space.

The council’s proposed scheme is far from perfect, and does not include many valuable proposals already suggested by local residents. We still have an opportunity to change it, by participating in the consultation and lobbying councillors – If a majority of residents say yes to parking controls, councillors will vote on the final design of the scheme in March.

However, without some form of controlled parking scheme, our streets will remain clogged with cars.

If you would like to see this change, please:

  • Find out more: Check out our links and attend the public meetings and exhibition in December
  • Respond to the council’s consultation – say yes to controlled parking
  • Include your suggestions for improving the scheme
  • Share your thoughts: Feel free to use the resources on this website, or make your own posters and leaflets to help ensure everyone knows that we can all have a say, whether or not we are car owners
  • Contribute your own ideas and images – just comment on any post, fill in our contact form, or email us. Please be patient if we don’t respond immediately – we are all volunteers.

4 thoughts on “What is Hanover Streets for People?

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  2. I’m a bit confused on why you think the parking scheme will be so good.
    I agree that streets reduced to single sided parking will have less cars, less scratches etc, but the number of spaces being made available in the current consultation are not that much more than the number of households with cars, and for sure those with 2 cars, and future owners will take the rest of those permits, so the other streets will just end up much the same.

    I guess if you can persuade people to put away their bins, then maybe there will be some more pavement use possible, but really i wouldn’t let your kids play in the roads. Tends to be that when the roads are clearer, cars can’t resist going a bit quicker – especially down-hill.

    Also, I expect that traffic in the evening will be more busy. Those who won’t be able to park on their own street anymore (or even an adjacent street e.g. top triangle) will be driving around looking for spaces.

    Good point about fire engines and ambulances, i guess if they can’t get through, the bin lorries can’t either? In any-case, why aren’t the council issuing fines and removing cars that haven’t bumped up the kerb enough? Maybe even if the scheme doesn’t go ahead, we should also consider asking the council for double yellows in some places that are especially narrow. After-all, if it really is that safety critical, then it shouldn’t matter if we have a parking scheme or not.

    • Hi Mel,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. For me, the safety issue is the most important. Its not a matter of a few individuals parking inconsiderately, it’s the overall volume of cars in the area which makes it difficult for large vehicles like fire engines to move around in these narrow streets. At the moment, there’s no way for someone to tell whether their car is going to be blocking emergency access, because parking both sides is permitted in loads of streets where it’s not really safe. Personally, I don’t think parking on the pavement is a solution – it makes it even more difficult for people with buggies, wheelchairs and guide dogs to get around.

      We need to collectively agree some kind of limit on the number of cars that we can safely accommodate in the area. That’s what the parking scheme is aiming to do. They’ve looked at the width of the streets, and the amount of space needed for large vehicles like fire engines to turn into and drive along each street, and identified spaces where it would be OK for cars to park. It turns out that the space available for cars to safely park roughly matches the number of cars owned by residents in the area. So we can’t also accommodate free parking for commuters, tourists and shoppers any more. I think that’s fair enough.

  3. If the council was not reducing the number of spaces so dramatically I’d be 100% behind controls and resident permits. But if the problem is that residents cannot park easily due to lack of available parking spaces then the proposals as they are will only leave the same problem but with a hefty £130 per annum (and who is to say they wont jack that up whenever they feel to) fee. Why can’t they try an interim scheme based simply on signs and enforcement to see how that works rather than spending all the money on changing the infrastructure ? At least we’d get a clearer view on the culprits causing the current problem who obviously are not residents based on all the number of cars per household surveys

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