The process of implementing or changing a Traffic Regulation Order can be both costly and lengthy and the resources available to the Council limit the number of requests that can be addressed.
Any initial request for new or extended parking restrictions needs to be endorsed by one of your local ward Councillors before it is added to the three year rolling programme. However, it should be emphasised that the Council will only in exceptional circumstances consider requests for restrictions related solely to one property. Details of your local ward councillors can be found online.
All schemes will then be prioritised by the Council’s Parking Services Manager, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, against the following criteria:
Category 1 – those cases where there are urgent access issues, such as emergency services or other vehicles unable to enter a road.
Category 2 – these are cases where residents are frequently competing with commuters/local workers for limited road space. Only requests that meet the criteria specified in the Parking Management Strategy will be considered.
Category 3 – these are non-urgent cases where alternate on-street parking is readily available elsewhere in the street. These will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
This programme will be the subject of annual review by the Council’s Parking Services Manager, in consultation the Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection.
The process for dealing with prioritised requests may include the following steps:
o Site visits will be carried out by Council officers to assess the problem raised by the residents, including:
- a survey of the current and potential availability of off-street parking;
- carriageway width and the associated ability of traffic to flow freely and safely;
- the actual extent and frequency of any on-street, non-residential parking and any associated technical assessments/surveys to measure parking stress; and
- the distance from the cause of the parking problem (i.e the Council is unlikely to consider introducing restrictions where the cause of the problem, such as a railway station, is more than 1 mile from the road in question).
o The development and specification of a possible solution to the problem.
o An informal consultation with residents in the area. (There will need to be at least 65% level of support from local households and businesses, who respond to consultations on a proposed scheme, before it can be progressed further).
o A formal consultation process.
o Where objections to the proposals are received, discussions with individual objectors and the development of a modified proposal. Depending on the objections, this phase of the process can take several weeks.
o The formal making of the order implementing the restriction is made where no objections are received. In some cases, where the majority of residents who are directly affected are in favour of a restriction, it can be implemented despite objections.
o The production and installation of appropriate signage and the marking of lines in the road where required.
o The issuing of parking permits, where appropriate
o At various stages in this process, details of the proposals and their planned implementation are published in the local newspaper, on the Council’s website and notices are placed on site.
It is important to note that, where many objections, the proposed scheme is unlikely to go ahead. Therefore the inclusion of a request in the programme is no guarantee that it will be implemented.
Furthermore, due to the uncertainties inherent in the above procedure, it is not possible to determine in advance the length of time that any individual scheme will take from start to finish.