Resident Parking Scheme
Initial plans for three separate resident parking schemes have been combined into one scheme, as shown by the image on the right. Initially we were considering an RPS scheme in the Arboretum, a scheme for Tennis Walk, Chestnut Walk and the bottom of Lansdowne Road, and a scheme for Shrubbery Road and part of Flag Meadow Walk and St George’s Lane North.
However, by combining these schemes into a single one, it enables a wider area to be included. One of the problems often caused by RPS’s that are done on a street-by-street basis is that parking problems are pushed onto those streets just outside a scheme. Hopefully, this larger plan will lessen this impact. It should also speed up the process of implementing the scheme.
It is important to note that a scheme will only be implemented if there is sufficient support for it. Whether you have a car or not, whether you have off road parking or not, it is important that you engage with the process and have your say.
In January, letters will be posted to all residences in the affected areas. This letter will explain the proposals and will include a voting slip asking whether you support the proposals or not. In order to be successful, there must be a minimum return of 50%, and of those who return their vote their needs to be 80% support.
I am compiling a list of frequently asked questions below, but if there is a question missing please ask me.
Please note that this is a draft plan subject to changes and also that it does not show all the detail of any exclusions from the scheme.
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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
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.
When will the scheme be implemented?
If there is sufficient support in the ballot early next year, then it will probably be implemented in Autumn 2019. This is a lengthy process as, by law, there must be consultation with bodies such as the police, before a full public consultation.
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.