To remind readers: two Zones have been chosen as likely pilots based on strong majority resident support in the (albeit deeply flawed) first stage. These are in Clifton Wood and Kingsdown. Stage two of the consultation collected street level information from these areas about parking requirements and existing problems.
The letters that have gone out yesterday have a link through to the detailed street-by-street plans of where different types of line would go - e.g. where there would be pay-and-display (free for short stays) and where there will be yellow lines for safety reasons. There is also a very short response sheet asking people if they support the plans or not and giving them the chance to explain why and what they might change. This will be used to assess whether to proceed with the pilots.
From the Cotham perspective, a very small part of the ward is included in the core part Kingsdown zone - around Clare Road and Victoria Walk. A larger area north of Cotham Road is also being consulted on a possible opt-in basis. This area was ambivalent during the first consultation (which was for a very silly and draconian approach) and I have lobbied heavily that residents in this area should have a second bite of the cherry. The outline boundaries are shown in the image to the right - click to enlarge.
My personal position on the plans remains as previously - I think that local residents need to choose for themselves whether this is something that they want to pursue. I am not against residents parking zones in principle as I have seen them work well in other cities, but I am also not in favour of imposing them against the will of the majority. They have the potential to improve the area by reducing the unsustainable weight of cars and improving road safety, but there are downsides, like the extra street clutter. What I did have a hand in was ensuring that the scheme that is put before residents was a more sensible than originally proposed :
- Bizarre 24/7 scheme reduced to 9am to 5pm on weekdays only
- Acceptance that different areas could have different systems
- Improved parking enforcement in neighbouring areas
- First permit cost cut from £40 to £30, fixed for at least the first 3 years of the scheme
- Each household is eligible for 100 visitor permits per year - first 50 visitors’ permits will be free of charge, the second 50 will cost £1 each
- Residents to be given the choice of whether to have double yellow lines across their driveways or an indicative keep clear marking
- A commitment to increasing car club facilities in the area
- Clarity about the pilot nature of the scheme