One of the local ward councillors, Matt Follett, has been working with local residents to look at improving the access, safety and the environmental issues caused by parking in Elm Grove.
Although no official permission or regulation has been passed to allow cars to park offroad on the pavement or hardened verge of Elm Grove, this has been common practice for many years. However, as car ownership increases, the volume of vehicles parked on the pavement in these roads has also increased.
The issues include:
• cars driving along the pavement
• cars causing obstructions by parking next to pedestrian dropped kerbs and bus stops
• cars parking right up to the junctions on the pavement, reducing visibility for cars pulling out or turning into side roads
The lack of enforcement on cars parked behind the double yellow lines makes it difficult to enforce other breaches in Elm Grove and the adjacent streets at the moment.
We have been working with local residents to try to address these issues. We have carried out vehicle and pedestrian counts, and discussed driver behaviour as part of our working group, which included residents from Elm Grove and adjacent roads.
We believe a scheme making general environmental improvements to Elm Grove could help relieve the issues around pavementparking, and would like your views.
The proposals include installing designated free parking areas alongside other improvements to make Elm Grove a more people-friendly environment, such as providing benches or re-instating grass verges.
If the results of this consultation are positive, we’ll then need to identify funding to carry out the work over the next couple of years.
Our intention will be to enforce against parking adjacent to double yellow lines either on the road or on the pavement. If there is not public support for the improvements, we will give residents and local businesses plenty of notice before beginning any parking enforcement. This would only take place where there are existing double yellow lines and bus stop clearways,
and would include cars parked on the hardened verge/pavement or carriageway. No new lining will be introduced.
Questionaires have been sent out to addresses inthe area, and an online questionaire can be completed on the council website at the consultation portal. Additional copies of the questionaire can be downloaded using the links at the foot of this page. If you require more information before filling in the questionnaire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01273 293693
There will be a further formal traffic order consultation stage if the scheme is taken forward. This will allow you to comment further.