Following discussions over process and funding and other issues I’m happy to say that we can now move forward towards a quality of life improvement scheme in Elm Grove that will hopefully improve matters around pavement parking and other problems, ( although of course there can be no such thing as perfect scheme ! ), and will make a visual and lived difference in the quality of life of those living around and those using Elm Grove. I’m advised that we have carried out a high level of informal consultation via the Elm Grove parking group and beyond, and that we can now move on to formal consultation as resources become available and we can fit Elm Grove into the Council’s work programme.
I’m also advised that taking forward such a scheme does of course have significant financial implications and, if formal consultation results were in favour of a scheme, would most likely mean taking place over an extra financial year in order to pay for it. In an ideal world we’d consult and then have all the money we need, but given current finances I’d prefer a scheme to take longer than to not take place at all.
Also given that we can now move on to the formal consultation stage, we can now consider the Elm Grove parking group concluded and can return the ‘borrowed’ transport sub group of Hanover and Elm Grove LAT to looking at wider issues of transport in the area more generally, which is also a positive.
Thanks to all those who contributed to all the discussions that lead us to where we are now, it took a while but has been worth it.
Cllr Matt Follett