Decision Maker: Executive Director - Regeneration, Housing and Environment
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Several complaints were received via
residents, businesses and councillors regarding high levels of
obstructive parking occurring on the Colnbrook by-pass and Lakeside
Road. The complaints mentioned the obstructive parking was caused
by airport companies and there are four companies in particular
that have been mentioned, details of which have previously been
forwarded onto the Planning department to investigate
Vehicles were parking on junctions, bends, grass verges and in the laybys on the Colnbrook by-pass and Lakeside Road. Furthermore, staff of these airport companies were stopping their vehicles in the middle of the Colnbrook by-pass to rotate the vehicles in the laybys. This is a 50mph road and due to the high-speed limit, this dangerous activity is of high risk to all drivers and pedestrians.
As a result of the above, no waiting at any time restrictions were introduced to all locations with an exception to the laybys on the Colnbrook by-pass, where a limited waiting restriction was implemented. The limited waiting restriction applied Monday – Sunday 8am to 8pm, with a 1-hour limit and no return within 1 hour.
The aim of these restrictions was to stop airport companies from abusing the layby’s and by having a time limit in place, this prevented vehicles from being able to park at these locations for long periods of time. In addition to this, leaving the layby’s unrestricted in the evenings allowed HGVs to be able to park at these locations overnight if they wish.
Furthermore, no waiting at any time restrictions were implemented to the remaining locations on the Colnbrook by-pass and Lakeside Road to improve visibility and road safety for both pedestrians and road users. When designing this scheme several factors were taken into consideration including road safety, visibility, flow of traffic, street clutter, displacement parking and future maintenance of the scheme.
This proposal was introduced under an experimental order approved by a Significant Decision on 18th November 2022. The experimental order was advertised in the local paper on 2nd December 2022 and the consultation period commenced on 9th December 2022.
No objections were received during the six month consultation period and therefore it is recommended to proceed with making the experimental order permanent.
There were no objections from the organisations that were consulted according with the statutory consultees outlined in the Local Authorities' Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996.
The implementation of the recommended scheme is estimated at £1,000. This can be funded from existing Parking Revenue Budgets.
That the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order
is now made permanent, and the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders
and Notices proceed through the legal process and in accordance
with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Highways Act 1990
Publication date: 01/02/2024
Date of decision: 26/01/2024
Effective from: 09/02/2024