from residents over plans for Highbridge parking shake-up
plans to introduce new residents parking permits and extra double
yellow lines in a residential area of Highbridge have led to an
outcry from angry residents.
County Council wants to make a number of changes to parking arrangements
"to find a solution to residents' parking problems",
however the 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
Road. Residents will be charged £60 for the permits.
resident Louise Bates said: "Somerset County Council have
been incredibly underhand in the 'notification' of this 'proposed'
parking scheme. There is to my knowledge one A4 notice pinned
to a telephone pole at the end of Victoria Place - actually facing
into Victoria Place as opposed to one of the streets in question."
is not enough parking in this area anyway. Imposing restricted
parking is not going to improve the situation, it is merely a
way to raise monies. The reason given for the proposal is, and
I quote from the notice, 'To avoid danger to persons or
other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing
the likelihood of such danger arising, or to preserve or improve
amenities of the are through which the roads run'.
Louise said: "This smacks of redtape gobbledegook being
cut and pasted from various documents as a 'coverall' statement.
Whoever decided on this action obviously has no personal knowledge
of the roads affected or this area in general. It seems to be
madness to all who live here. Somerset County Council would have
been much better served to actually consult with the people in
the roads that will be impacted."
"The wider implications are many fold, not least the question
of where do we actually park when the permit areas have reduced
the number of parking areas, and potential lowering in re-sale
value of homes."
Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: "The
proposals will not alleviate any danger to people, in fact, by
reducing the number of spaces available, they are increasing the
danger to young children and elderly residents forced to park
further away from their house. The nature of the streets mean
that drivers must reverse the length of the street either to arrive
or to leave; minimising that danger will not be achieved by charging
residents to park outside their house."
And another resident, Richard Hornsby, added: "During the
time that the new parking restrictions would be in place - 8am-6pm
- these roads are empty anyway. It's in the evening that all these
cars appear from people who live here - it means they will have
to pay for the privilege of working and living here."
Another resident, Pamela Butler, added: "The plans are idiotic.
There is room to turn part of the grassed footapth into extra
parking spaces and help the problems. I suggested that three or
four years ago but they said no, you'd be backing onto a main
Highbridge town councillor Bill Hancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week he was unaware of the proposals, saying: "This
is the first I have heard about the plans - there has not been
any proper consultation. The County Council should be giving residents
and ward councillors plenty of time to review the plans and provide
their comments. Changes like this shouldn't be taken lightly -
once implemented they might be there for years and have a big
impact on the day-to-day lives of residents."
But Somerset County Council spokeswoman Daisy Blacklock told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The residents parking scheme in Highbridge
has been developed in response to requests from the local community
to find a solution to their parking problems."
"At this stage these are only proposals and anyone wishing
to object can write to the Traffic Management Team, County Hall,
Taunton, TA1 4DY stating the reasons for their objection. We urge
all affected residents to share their views with us before the
consultation closes on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015."