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Parking consultations

How the consultation process works

Parking is an emotive subject and parking controls will only be introduced where residents ask for them.

Informal Consultation

We produce a leaflet and questionnaire delivered to every property in the consultation area. The consultation document has specific information about the scheme and how it would affect residents. There are typical questions and answers relating to the operation of a parking zone. A prepaid reply card is also provided.

The consultation document is produced in conjunction with any local Residents Association and the Ward Members. The document sets out the arguments for and against having parking controls, what it will cost and ask a series of questions that will help us deliver a scheme residents want.

As part of the consultation process, we display plans in libraries and may issue press releases in the local newspapers in order to ensure that all residents know how and where a consultation is taking place and where the exhibition will be held.

Exhibitions provide the opportunity for most people to visit and find out the information they require.

There is information about the design, types of control, why we charge for permits and for officers to take notes of residents/business concerns. It is important to remember that the exhibition is there for people to find out more about how a parking zone would work and to discuss their needs and concerns with officers.

The result of the consultation enables us to accurately define the areas where there is support for the introduction of controls and those areas where the proposals will not be progressed.

The analysis of the questionnaire and comments also helps to ensure that the design of a proposed zone most accurately reflects the desires of the community, be it additional bays, controls on Saturday or any other local factor to the area.

Residents and businesses are informed by letter of the results of the consultation and the action the council intends to take. This can also be found on our parking website.

The analysis of the results is used to define the final extend of the boundary of a zone on a road by road basis.

We only implement a zone in an area / roads if there is a majority response in favour of parking controls.

Where this is a concern, we carry out a final 'last chance' consultation telling resident that a zone will be implemented and giving them a further opportunity to confirm that they do not want to have parking controls.

Formal Consultation – Order making

If there is sufficient support for developing a scheme, we carry out a formal consultation on the detailed design.

An advert for the Traffic Management Order is placed in the local newspaper and posted on lamp columns in the area and the residents are informed of this via a letter. We invite anyone who is either in favour or against the scheme to make representation in writing. A deadline for representations is provided.

All representations are reported to either Head of Street Management or to the Street Management Advisory Committee and the Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Management.

All those who made representations will be informed of the outcome individually after the decision is made. All those within the proposed zone will be informed of the outcome in writing.

The complete process, from first consultation to zone implementation, generally takes us about six to ten months.

Newly implemented CPZs will be monitored and may be reviewed within 12 to 18 months after implementation.

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This page was last updated on Monday 24 April 2017

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