Decision Maker: Executive Director Place and Communities
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
In 2019 the Council introduced a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Elmhurst Road. This was due to residents experiencing obstructive parking from neighbouring roads and customers visiting the amenities in the area.
However soon after the implementation of this scheme, several complaints were received from the local businesses on the High Street and ward Councillors expressing concerns regarding the lack of parking available for their customers due to the implementation of this scheme. As a result of the above, the Council reviewed the existing scheme and amended a small part at the entrance of the CPZ to introduce limited waiting bays in its place, which provided parking for customers visiting the local businesses. As vehicles can also park in a limited waiting bay to load and unload goods, the aim was for the local businesses to utilise this bay for this purpose as well.
The above amendment was introduced under an experimental order and during the six month consultation period we received representations from the local businesses and ward Councillors stating the limited waiting bay was never available for them to load and unload goods. It became apparent that a dedicated loading bay was required.
This CPZ has been reviewed once again, taking into consideration the feedback received during the consultation period and we are now proposing to introduce a loading bay in place of the limited waiting bay to assist the local businesses. Whilst the limited waiting bay was providing parking for customers, some of the local businesses have parking available at the rear of their property and there is also a local car park in close proximity which customers can utilise.
It has therefore been proposed to implement a loading bay which applies Monday – Saturday 9am5pm. At other times and Sundays this bay will become a resident permit bay, providing additional parking for residents and their visitors. It is proposed to introduce this amendment under an experimental scheme so that feedback can be received during the first six months of the scheme being operational and we can monitor the impact to see if any further changes are required.
Ward Councillors have been notified of our proposals and are in full support.
The amendments will be made under Section 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and regulation 22 of the Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996.
The consultation and implementation of this proposal is estimated at £2,000. This can be funded from existing Parking Revenue Budgets D124.
1. That the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders and Notices proceed through the legal process and in accordance with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984:
a) The orders are made under section 9 of the act (an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order)
b) Representations are accepted within the first 6 months of the schemes implementation, and any changes are made before a permanent scheme is made, on or before a period not exceeding 18 months
c) The Council respond to the consultees who made representations, informing them of the decisions made.
Publication date: 27/01/2023
Date of decision: 07/11/2022