Request a new waiting or parking restriction

Like most County Council's, we are often asked to help our residents to resolve local parking problems. 

The types of issues residents raise include:

  • commuter parking on local roads
  • dangerous parking restricting drivers’ vision

 

How do I make a request?

If it's agreed as a local priority, and meets the criteria set out in our Parking Implementation Plan, the Parking Team will help you manage the process.

Please provide the following to your Local Area Forum (LAF) or County Councillor.

  • Location
  • Road name/s of proposed changes
  • The extents of the proposed restriction
  • Type of restriction 
  • The reasons why you feel they are needed
  • Your name, address and contact details

 

Requesting a new scheme

These require a formal legal process to be followed. This involves a number of steps including:

  • identification of need
  • public consultation
  • site surveys
  • physical works to put restrictions on the road

It is a lengthy process and requires a funding to be identified to cover the costs involved. 

It is very important to take a community approach to any new scheme and this will involve:

  • local residents
  • your local County Councillor
  • your Local Area Forum.

A Parking Guide for LAFs has been developed. This is to help guide the local community to identify the problems, and to try and find the best solutions.

 

The guide for LAFs aims

To give the local community:

  • Information to manage the requests 
  • Help to manage the time it takes to develop parking schemes locally

It provides information on:

  • The types of waiting restrictions 
  • Enforcement Traffic Regulation Orders
  • Timescales
  • Costs
  • A way to prioritise requests  
  • guidance on carrying out consultations

 

Legal

Waiting restrictions are known as Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs). They can only be put in or changed through a legal process which is governed by legislation. 

If the legal process isn’t followed they cannot be enforced.

Where and how the various TROs are used is governed by guidance issued by the Department for Transport

A TRO can only be implemented for one or more of the following: 

  • Avoiding danger to persons or traffic
  • Preventing damage to the road or to buildings nearby
  • Facilitating the passage of traffic
  • Preventing use by unsuitable traffic
  • Preserving the character of a road especially suitable for walking or horse riding
  • Preserving or improving amenities of the area through which the road runs
  • For any of the purpose specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) of the Environment Act 1995 in relation to air quality

These are known legally as the Statement of Reasons

The legal process that must be followed is:

  1. A consultation on the proposal with all frontages that will be affected and with statutory consultees
  2. Advertising the proposals and statement of reasons in the local press
  3. A review of all the feedback
  4. The formal and documented decision to proceed
  5. Advertising the proposals in the local press
  6. Making the legal TRO (legal sign off)
  7. Then the lines and signs can be implemented
  8. Enforcement can start

The hardest part of every scheme is getting everyone to agree. This can take up to 18 months before any lines can be painted.

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