Resident Parking Scheme
The votes have now been counted for the proposed residents’ parking scheme and with almost 61% of residents returning their vote and with over 95% saying yes, I can confirm that the scheme will be going ahead!
There were 742 returns in total, with 709 in support and 33 against.
Thank you to everyone who helped to deliver the letters and to knock on doors, often repeatedly, to ensure that we got enough people to vote and to vote yes. We wouldn’t have got so many returns without all your effort.
The next stage of the process will be for the detailed plans to be drawn up. I will be meeting with the council officer shortly to work on the plans. As soon as I have something to show residents I will be looking for as much feedback as possible, to ensure that we get the best scheme possible.
I thought it called for a celebration, now that the RPS has been approved. So I would like to invite anyone who cares to join me for a drink or two at The Chestnut Inn on Tuesday 19th March at 7:30pm. As well as celebrating, it will be a chance for me to thank those who helped out and to discuss aspects of the scheme. I hope to see you on the 19th March. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much would parking permits cost?
- First permit £30
- Second permit £40
- Third permit £60
- Duplicate(lost) £5
When is the scheme likely to start?
The likely date for the scheme to be implemented would be September/October. Plans need to be produced and then consultation with public bodies such as the police and then consultation with the general public. Once that has been done the implementation takes place, such as adding/removing yellow lines, marking out parking bays where required, signage installed, etc.
How many permits are allowed per household?
3 permits per household.
Can a visitor park their car within the scheme area?
Yes. Visitor scratch permits are available. They cost from £5 for ten cards (each card contains 4 permits). Each visitor permit lasts for 12 hours.
What types of vehicles can be issued a parking permit?
Resident’s Parking Permits may be issued to the following classes of vehicles:
- A Passenger vehicle [car].
- A motor-cycle.
- A Goods Vehicle [small vans etc.].
Is a parking permit vehicle specific?
Yes. The permits are for a specific vehicle. You have to enter the registration number when applying for a permit. However, see the FAQ below about company cars.
Are there any plans to change the amount of single and double yellow lines within the scheme area?
There are likely to be a few locations at junctions where double yellow lines will be added. This is for safety reasons to ensure junctions are safe and accessible.
There are no current plans to remove single yellow lines, except on Little Southfield Street. However, if there are areas where people think single yellow lines are no longer needed then this can be looked at when the detailed plans are drawn up. There may also be the opportunity to reconsider the restrictions placed on the single yellow lines, such as allowing residents to park on single yellows on Saturdays.
It might be possible to tweak the end time a little (push it back to 5pm) and maybe relax it altogether on a Saturday, but any changes should be evidence based and subject to agreement from the emergency services.
When will more detailed plans be drawn up?
If residents vote in favour of the parking scheme, then officers will draw up more detailed plans. There will be public consultation on these plans, which will allow suggestions for alterations to be put forward.
Does having a parking permit guarantee me a parking space within the scheme area?
Possession of a parking permit does not guarantee the availability of a parking space within the scheme, as this is subject to occupancy by other permit holders. Neither does the possession of a parking permit guarantee the permit holder will be able to park directly outside their property. Possession of a parking permit simply allows the permit holder to park within the specified scheme, space permitting.
For how long is a parking permit valid?
Parking permits are valid for a period not exceeding 12 months from the date of issue. Applications for parking permits must be made on the relevant form, which will be available to download on Worcester City Council’s website www.worcester.gov.uk. Applications to renew permits may be made up to one month before the date of expiry.
What times of day does the scheme cover?
The scheme applies 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Will there be any additional waiting bays as part of the scheme?
On Shrubbery Avenue there has been a request for some additional waiting bays for people visiting the dentist and old people’s home. There is also the possibility of bays outside the Chestnut Inn. These would be bays that permit holders and non-permit holders could use. There is no issue in principle in this approach; as it is already in use in several locations. There will need to a discussion about the maximum length of stay periods.
Some residents have company/pool cars that change quite frequently. How is this managed by the scheme?
Worcester City Council allow a non specific vehicle permit (any vehicle printed on the permit, instead of the VRM), however the resident must provide documentary evidence from their employer or hire company before we will issue a permit.
What is the arrangement for visiting nurses and carers?
There is an Essential Attendance Permit available, however the permits are provided to doctor/health surgeries only, therefore there is no arrangement for individual nurses or carers. Visitor permits could be used.
What is the arrangement for tradesmen working at someone's house?
There is an existing parking dispensation scheme (on the Council website) for workmen who need their vehicle to carry out work if no other parking is available in the area.
Is there a limit on the size of vans that can apply for a permit?
RGS coaches often park in dangerous locations near the school on Little London Road. Could there be a parking bay for school coaches on Tennis Walk?
It is feasible to designate a length of road for parking by buses only (a coach would count as a bus in this context). However, this type of facility is likely to stand empty for much of the time and is therefore not a great use of road space in an area where parking is at a premium. A space large enough for a coach would take up 2½ – 3 car spaces and I don’t think we could afford to lose them.
Can landlords have a permit?
No. Permits can only be issued to the occupants of a property. However, they would be able to use visitor permits.
Could some of the double yellow lines on Chestnut Walk be replaced with single yellows to create more parking space?
The stumbling block here is driveways. Residents who have them have got used to being able to use them without having to negotiate or see past parked cars. Any change that threatens that is going to be held up as potentially dangerous. The police had reservations last time too, so this is unlikely to be possible.