To support local communities, key workers and volunteers during the Coronavirus outbreak, all Council car parks and on-street parking will be free to use until further notice. Where possible, we urge residents to make full use of their local car parks during this emergency, so local roads can be kept as clear as possible. Please note some car parks are closed overnight, so may not be suitable for all to use. Restrictions on disabled parking bays will remain in force.
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.
- 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
- A way to prioritise requests
- guidance on carrying out consultations
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:
- A consultation on the proposal with all frontages that will be affected and with statutory consultees
- Advertising the proposals and statement of reasons in the local press
- A review of all the feedback
- The formal and documented decision to proceed
- Advertising the proposals in the local press
- Making the legal TRO (legal sign off)
- Then the lines and signs can be implemented
- 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.