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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:
    • Clogging up local streets
    • Restricting access to residents parking and access to properties 
    • Affecting free flow of traffic
  • Dangerous parking restricting drivers’ vision:
    • Parking around junctions 
    • Parking on bends
    • School parking
    • Residents’ Parking Schemes, where residents have no off street parking and there is limited or insufficient on street parking

Please read the following information before proceeding with any request.

How do I make a request?

Having reviewed the information above, if you feel new restrictions are the best way forward, then please provide the following information to your Local Area Forum (LAF) or County Councillor.  If it is agreed as a local priority, and meets the criteria set out in our Parking Implementation Plan then the Parking Team will help them manage the process. Please ensure you provide:

  • Location; Road name/s of proposed changes and the extents of the proposed restriction
  • Type of restriction envisaged
  • The reasons why you feel a parking restriction is necessary
  • Your name, address and contact details

Requesting a new parking restriction or Resident’s parking scheme

To introduce these requires a formal legal process to be followed. This involves a number of steps including identification of need, public consultation and site surveys as well as any physical works to put restrictions on the road. 

Any proposals must take due consideration of the possible impact of any neighbouring areas. 

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

As such it is very important to take a community approach to any new scheme and this will involve residents, your local County Councillor and your Local Area Forum.

A Parking Guide for LAFs has been developed 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 and understanding to manage requests for parking schemes 
  • A structured approach investigating requests
  • Help to manage the time it takes to develop parking schemes locally

It provides information on:

  • The different types of waiting restrictions available
  • Enforcement Traffic Regulation Orders, including timescales
  • Examples of costs
  • A methodology for prioritising requests for waiting restrictions
  • Clear guidance on carrying out consultations

Legal

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

If the legal process isn’t followed then the restrictions are unlawful and can’t be enforced.

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

A Traffic Regulation Order can only be implemented for one or more of the following purposes

  • 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

Once a scheme has been agreed then 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 Traffic Regulation Order (legal sign off)
  7. Then the lines and signs can be implemented
  8. Enforcement can start

The hardest part of every scheme is getting a consensus. This can take up to 18 months (and maybe longer) before any lines can be painted.

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