Hanover and Elm Grove LAT
Minutes of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING held on 3rd April 2017
Next Meeting to be held Monday 5th June 2017 at The Hanover Pub, Queens Park Rd
Prompt 7:00pm start
We have now had the March meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee and the recommendations for a CPZ in HEG have been passed with some amendments:
A Full Scheme CPZ in the area south of Elm Grove (Hanover central and including the southern section of EG) and streets in the North West section along Lewes Rd up to the gyratory for seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. This scheme to have some shared Pay & Display spaces.
A Light Touch CPZ in the area north of Elm Grove from Bonchurch Rd up to the top of Elm Grove and including Pankhurst and the Top Triangle, also including Hartington Rd, for Monday to Friday only with restricted hours between 11am-12 noon and 6pm-7pm. This scheme to have a limited number of exclusive Pay & Display spaces. The reason they are Exclusive P&D is that residents in this zone will still have nine hours a day when visitors can park for free.
The proposed shared parking on Freshfield Road will now be for resident permit only to increase parking availability in Pankhurst; with further consideration given to finding some more parking in Firle, Glynde and Clayton Roads and a report made back to the next ETS in June.
Council officers will arrange a further meeting with reps from residents associations in Pankhurst, Elm Grove and Top Triangle areas to discuss any possible refinements and improvements to the scheme ahead of the Traffic Order being published and report back to the nest ETS meeting.
The Road Safety Team will investigate options to reduce speeding/racing along Pankhurst Avenue and to consider concerns raised by residents about increased potential speeding in Firle, Glynde and Clayton Roads should the proposed double yellow lines be installed, and report back to ETS.
A trial scheme will be piloted allowing businesses to buy a number of visitor permits in order to offset the potential adverse impacts of a CPZ. Permit costs will be as currently advertised on the council website. Visitors permits will be allowed as per existing schemes. https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/parking-permits Residents with Traders Permits applicable until 5pm will be able to park for free for unlimited time in nearby pay & display bays. ie. when returning home from work etc.
HEGLAT knows that even after nearly four years of hard work, these schemes are not perfect and will not suit everyone – that would never be able to happen – but we have managed to negotiate, push and argue with the council (and upset a few people) and whilst some issues are still to be resolved we have made considerable changes to a standard council CPZ. Several of the things listed above simply wouldn’t have been in these recommendations had we not held them to task. Nobody has ever been offered them before now. Watch this space for more info in the coming couple of months. HEGLAT
Minutes of Meeting 6th February 2017
Parking Consultation Timeline (update February 2017)
March 14th 2017 – Transport Committee final approval
21 Days Traffic orders – during this time further comments can be accepted
Summer 2017 – Implementation works (where approvals given)
Autumn 2017 Operational Start (where approvals given)
HMO’s Planning check February 2017
Check whether a HMO is licensed – How to Guide available https://heglat.wordpress.com/?page_id=1592&preview=true
More success enforcing our planning policies. There have been 3 appeals recently dismissed
“Council Response to HEGLAT Query on Inconsistencies in Road Widths between HEG and Lewes Rd Triangle Zone”
During the 2010 consultation within the Hanover & Elm grove (H&EG)area, concerns were raised from the fire service over the proposals to introduce parking on both sides of the carriageway. They ultimately outlined that they require a 3.1 carriageway width due to the length of the roads in the area if parking is on both sides.
The comparison drawn up between the roads within the HEGLAT survey does not factor in the vast difference in the road lengths between those in the Lewes Road Triangle (LRT) and those in H&EG. A number of roads in the LRT area were also subject to a historical formal parking arrangement going back a number of years which was drafted into LRT CPZ detailed design. The emergency services were consulted on the proposals and chose not to comment which resulted in the design there is currently.
Following comments and concerns made regarding the amount of parking available during the current consultation the Council have identified potential further spaces following site visits with the Road Safety team and taking into account the previous comments from the Fire service. However,
Residents should base their vote on the proposals within the consultation as any additional parking or changes would be reported to Committee in detail in March 2017 following requests during the consultation (such as more parking wanted and /or requests for one way streets).
If any form of resident parking scheme is approved there will be a further opportunity for residents to comment on the design of the scheme when the formal traffic order with detailed measurements is advertised with a 21 day consultation period in the spring / early Summer. __________________________________
Charles Field Joint Acting Head of Parking & Network Operations Transport
Brighton & Hove City Council
Parking Consultation Frequently Asked Questions http://wp.me/P1H9jH-oT
Council confirm timetable for Parking consultation http://wp.me/P1H9jH-kD
Reminder of the representation made to the Council .
As the result of the transport and parking survey undertaken by residents via Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team (HEGLAT), with 1101 surveys returned, we the residents, now ask Brighton & Hove City Council to undertake the development of a mutually agreed proposal. This is to be followed by a consultation on a Controlled Parking Zone in the area, based on the Community Parking Plan as devised and proposed by the residents and HEGLAT. The outline of this Community Parking Plan having already been discussed with, and positively and constructively received by council officers and councillors in meetings prior to this representation.”
22 St Mary Magdalene St – link to press release here:
Also dismissed were appeals on 69 Ewhurst Road and 45 Newmarket Street.
The inspector at 69 Ewhurst extended the notice period until the end of the year. The Council’s Trading Standards officer has written to the letting agency ensuring that they know the property can’t be let as an HMO beyond that time.
COUNCIL PRESS releases
University’s city shopfront open for business
The University of Sussex has opened a permanent city-centre shopfront in Lewes Road, Brighton.
The information centre, at 91 Lewes Road near Sainsbury’s at the Vogue Gyratory, provides a showcase for the University’s range of courses, its research expertise and displays of student work.
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, the centre is a point of contact for engaging with current students, local residents, businesses, future university students, parents and teachers.
HEGLAT would encourage all residents in our area to use this shopfront as a place where you can call in if you have any issues with students, student behaviour and HMOs.
STREET IMPROVEMENTS SURVEY
The survey http://wp.me/P1H9jH-ow can be downloaded and edited by someone who would like to be a street rep and take responsibility for surveying the residents of their own street to get more ideas about how their street can be improved. Completed surveys can be handed in at HEGLAT meetings or to HEGLAT representatives.