Following news of the planning permission given for the Police Station conversion, with fewer parking spaces than flats, there has been renewed interest in a Controlled Parking Zone for the streets behind the High Street. Residents fear it will lead to further pressure on street parking.
A Controlled Parking Zone is a scheme that gives local residents parking priority for an annual fee, usually around £80. It doesn’t though guarantee anyone a parking space. Around stations, the same effect can be achieved by a one hour yellow line, excluding commuter parking.
As some people noted on the twitter feed, a scheme like this was rejected by residents in Raleigh, Wordsworth and Southey Streets a couple of years ago. Many people don’t like the idea of having to pay to park in their own road, especially as a space cannot be guaranteed. Others feel that this is just the price we pay for living so conveniently near a High Street with good transport connections.
It is possible that the situation has worsened since then and a scheme could be looked at again, In the meantime, of course, other schemes are being worked on (in our ward we are trying to finalise details of a scheme for the area around Kent House Station)
Because a scheme was consulted on recently, it would be difficult to persuade the council to undertake a further consultation (they do have to be paid for) unless there was a clear indication it would be successful this time. We could try of course, though one indication might be a petition supported by a large majority of residents.
And these roads do have their own problems. Even if you exclude shoppers parking, parking space will always be limited as there is little road space compared to the number of houses. It would also need support from all three roads, otherwise we would simply have parking displaced from roads in the scheme to those outside the scheme by those who did not want to pay. Indeed, the council may well decide that they would need to include Green Lane in the area for the same reason – and that might then have a knock on effect on Torr, Cottingham and Kingsdale Roads.
As your local councillors, our only interest is in supporting our local residents. We could not, and would not want to, impose a scheme on an unwilling neighbourhood. However, other schemes in the area have led to conflict between the wants and the not-want. It is never easy.