Residents Parking Scheme Policy Review

​Closing date: 18 November 2016

Background

The Council's Residents’ Parking Scheme Policy has been in place since October 2011 when it was formally approved following a 12 week public consultation. Since then, two new Residents’ Parking Zones (RPZs) have been introduced, two existing RPZs have been extended, and six proposed RPZs have been refused as they did not achieve the required level of support following consultation with residents.

As the Policy has now been operating for five years, it is appropriate at this point to carry out a review and to consult on potential improvements. Some potential improvements are of a general nature, and some concern specific issues and challenges that have become apparent.

A Residents’ Parking Scheme is created by introducing a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. The Order restricts parking during certain hours (typically 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday) but it exempts permit holders (residents and, if appropriate, other groups) from the restrictions.

Schemes can take different forms: for example, bays may be for the exclusive use of resident permit holders or, if the bays are shared, other motorists would be subject to a time limit, typically of between 10 and 30 minutes.

The street or area (the zone) is divided into prohibited and permitted parking and, in order to park where permitted, a valid permit must be displayed. Permit categories vary and different permits are available to residents, their visitors and carers or health care professionals. Any vehicles found parked without a valid permit during the hours of operation of the scheme are subject to a Penalty Charge Notice.

Advantages and disadvantages of Residents' Parking Schemes

The main advantage of a scheme is that it can help ensure that parking space on the highway is provided, as far as possible, for those residents who require it. Other benefits may include improved traffic flow, better access for emergency vehicles and servicing of premises for disabled parking, taxis and other public transport vehicles. There may also be improved safety for road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

There are, however, some disadvantages. For example, in order to accommodate marked spaces for residents it is often necessary to prevent parking on the opposite side of the street to ensure clear passage for vehicles. This can have the effect of reducing the overall parking capacity available and so might result in a worsened situation for those needing to park than if the scheme had not been implemented. Schemes may also create problems by displacing non-residents’ vehicles into other locations and for this reason they are often considered on an area wide basis.

How to get involved

This 12 week consultation closes on 18 November 2016.   One of the questions relates to areas covered by a planning control called an Article 4 direction. These are areas that have a high number of Houses of Multiple Occupation. The maps of the three areas in the borough covered by an Article 4 direction: You can complete the survey online or by printing off the questionnaire and posting it back to us. If you would like a paper questionnaire sending to you, then please contact us.

Other ways to take part

How your feedback will be used

Your views will be taken into consideration when the Council’s Residents’ Parking Scheme Policy is revised.

Further information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:  

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