Highbridge parking shake-up defended by resident
plans to introduce new residents parking permits in a residential
area of Highbridge have been defended by a resident championing
first reported here
on Friday that Somerset County Council wants to make a number
of changes to parking arrangements "to find a solution to
residents' parking problems", however some residents say
they have not been properly consulted about the scheme.
council's TRO (Traffic Regulation Order), which can be viewed
proposes that a mixture of Permit Holder Only Zones and No Parking
Zones are introduced to address parking issues in Newtown Road,
Cuthbert Street, Tyler Way, Ladd Close, King Street and Scott
Sarah Buchanan, who is the 'community champion' for the scheme,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The parking situation is absolutely
dire on Newtown Road. Most days it's impossible to park, so following
over-the-fence moans with neighbours I was nominated to try for
a residents parking scheme (RPS). In August last year I followed
the procedure as dictated by Somerset County Council to qualify
and apply for an RPS."
out of the 47 questionnaires which were personally hand delivered
into each and every letter box on Newtown Road were returned.
100% of those returned said that there were issues with parking
and that either lack of parking spaces or commuters/shoppers/builders
parking were causing problems."
added: "County Councillor John Woodman came to my house and
we discussed the matter at length and agreed there was an issue
and he put me in touch with the Traffic & Transport Development
Group at Somerset County Council who listened to us and agreed
that we should try and implement a RPS."
a RPS in Newtown Road will simply move the issues to Cuthbert
Street and King Street where the problem will continue and Cuthbert
St is already at breaking point, and as Sedgemoor District Council
refuses to increase the parking provision by turning the verges
at the Apex Park end of Newtown Road into parking the 40 houses
will continue to vie for the 20 car parking spaces. Hence the
zone was increased to cover the area."
scheme is at the consultation phase and SCC have guaranteed that
no scheme will be implemented if there are objections, so there
would have to be tweaks. SCC have been unfairly accused of acting
as 'incredibly underhand and sneaky' in the notification of this
scheme, but this is simply not true - they have been nothing but
helpful and informative in their mission to assist in our problems."
added: "I don't agree with paying to park your car and especially
in a deprived area like Highbridge where every penny is crucial,
so initially I contacted Tessa Munt who refused to help me champion
a cause to encourage more cars to use the car park by changing
the prices. It would have encouraged more people and made more
revenue. After all, who would pay to park in Highbridge when it
hasn't got enough to offer currently to draw people in. So this
is how an RPS came about - it's not ideal, but no-one else was
interested in helping us."