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Aug 16

SOLVING PARKING ISSUES — IT’S NOT EASY!

In the last Redlands Matters newsletter we reported how we have been listening to residents’ concerns about parking and that we would work on ideas for new arrangements.

Below you will find details of these new suggestions, an outline of what residents’ parking protection includes and details of a Labour Councillors’ public consultation.

SUMMARY OF THE SUGGESTIONS

  1. A Resident Permit (RP) parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, to protect parking for residents in residential streets where the majority of households do not have off-street parking.
  2. Pay & Display (P&D) limited hours parking is proposed between 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, in the areas of highest demand near the Royal Berks Hospital and the University of Reading.
  3. Shared use P&D / RP parking where the majority of households do have off-street parking allowing residents’ permit holders to park all day.
  4. P&D parking charges are proposed to be in line with current charges for the RBH multi-storey car park.
  5. No changes are proposed to the current arrangements on roads with existing RP schemes.
  6. It is proposed to incorporate all roads with RP schemes between Redlands Road and Eastern Avenue (but not including Eastern Avenue) into a wider 15R zone.
  7. Limited free waiting parking provision on Erleigh Road (between Alexander Road and Eastern Ave) to enable parking for the local shops.
  8. The provision of on-street parking in the scheme area has been maximised in accordance with highway rules and the requirements of the emergency services.Overview whole scheme

 Exhibition and Informal Consultation

Monday 28 September 2015   5:00pm to 7:00pm

St Lukes Church Hall, Erleigh Road
Traffic officers, Fire Brigade and your local
Labour Councillors will be there to hear your views.

 Parking Schemes for Residents Explained In A Nutshell

  • Each household is allowed a maximum of 2 permits.
  • Permits will only be issued to cars registered at an owner’s address within Redlands parking scheme area.
  • The 1st parking permit is FREE, the 2nd costs £120 a year.
  • Each household is entitled to 2 books of 20 half-day visitor tickets FREE each year and more books can be purchased at £22 a book.
  • More details of how the scheme works can be found at: http://beta.reading.gov.uk/parkingpermits

The Proposals for Discussion in Detail:

Details of how the proposals would work in each street can be found below. Please click on the Road link to open a detailed map of each street.  You can leave comments on the website or email us. Contact details below.Council Officers and the Fire Service will attend the exhibition to explain the proposals.

Overview

Erleigh A4

Kendrick

Allcroft

Morgan Road

Redlands Rd

Redlands A3

Erleigh Denmark Alexandra

Addington

Upper Redlands

Elmhurst A4

Alexandra

Erleigh A4

Eldon Sq 1

Donnington Blenheim

Cardign Foxhill Blenheim Hatherley Donnington

Please let us know what you think

Contact Tony:   tony.jones@reading.gov.uk   0771 414 9927 @TonyJonesLab

Contact David:  david.absolom@reading.gov.uk   0777 181 9788 @davidabsolom

Contact Jan:     jan.gavin@reading.gov.uk   0782 886 7950 @cllrJanGavin

Post to: Redlands Labour Party, 34, Morgan Road, Reading RG1 5HG

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Michael

    As a resident of Hatherley Road (between Erleigh and Addington) I don’t think this proposal in any way addresses my concerns about parking. For me, my primary concern is whether I can find a space to park the car when returning home with our infant daughter in the evening, or whether I will have to park some distance away.

    The proposals only seem to address daytime parking, which I don’t really consider a huge issue. While there are a large number of hospital staff who park in the area because parking on site is so limited, I have never had problems finding a space on the occasions when I am around during the day.

    The huge problem that I have is finding a parking space when returning late at night, particularly after 10PM in term time week nights. The proposal does nothing to address this and I believe that it would actually create a much worse position, by removing 30-40% of the overnight parking on the streets in the area between Alexandria Road and Eastern Avenue.

    For this scheme to make a difference to the situation, it would have to be the situation that to break even, the permit allocation rules would reduce the demand for parking by equivalent cars to the parking space lost. This would require a lot of houses to be hit by the two-permit rule, or for a lot of students to be off-put by the hassle/cost of getting a permit and deciding not to bring their cars. Given that any students bringing a car to university are likely to be affluent, I can’t foresee this having a huge impact.

    The net change therefore seems to be, remove masses of parking and leave everyone more screwed!

    1. jan

      Thanks for your comments. Those that are around in the day, tell us that it is difficult to park in the day, however I do take your point and will add these to the feedback. Protecting parking for residents does come at a cost, there are some streets that the Fire Service have told us are too narrow to have Resident Parking on both sides of the road. Re students – to get a permit students have to register the car at their Reading address, many will not as they are very often not the actual ‘owners’ of the car, student households will also only get a maximum of 2 permits, so we are confident that the demand for parking spaces will be reduced. But remember these are just suggestions at the moment. We are very happy and indeed encourage feedback, so we can find a scheme that will work for the majority of people.

  2. S James

    I would like to highlight that the parking time should be rearrange to 9:00am to 19:00pm.
    The reason being that some residents return home after work between 18:00 – 19:00, then there
    won’t be any parking space left.

    Should you wish to contact me, please call 07706 801 850.

    Kind Regards
    Steven

  3. Tamzin

    This plan is not good enough. You cannot seriously think that taking away half the parking spaces on Blenheim Gardens is going to help the parking situation at all. There is no day time parking issues, I work from home so can be sure of this, here it’s all evening and weekend when everyone is at home. This is just a money making scheme to make it more difficult for people to visit the hospital and to make more people incure parking fines. This does nothing for the residents.

    1. jan

      Hi, Thanks for commenting. You have made some very important points which I will address. Firstly, many residents in Blenheim Gardens have asked us to put forward a Resident Parking Scheme for your road. Residents Parking by law has to be in marked bays and we have consulted with the Fire Service about the safety of marked bays on both sides of the road. They have told us that it would be unsafe as a fire engine would not be able to reach all the houses in the road with a fire tender and also be able to operate it. They have told us the maximum length they can effectively reach is 40m from the fire engine, therefore for some roads in old Redlands parking in protected bays on both sides of the road is not possible. Secondly, Residents Parking schemes do not make money for the Council, on the contrary they cost us money, as we are one of only two local councils in the whole of England that don’t charge for first parking permits. As we have no money since all the cuts we are trying to make any scheme in this area cost-neutral by putting in Pay and Display in the area immediately around the hospital in roads that do not have houses fronting the road without private parking. This will also have the effect of ensuring a turn-over of spaces through the day for visitors and day-patients at the hospital, but stop the use of roads as commuter parking, which residents have told us is a real issue. Thirdly, we will NOT impose any scheme on any road, we have made some suggestions and welcome feedback on the suggestions, ultimately it will be for the residents in each road to decide if any final scheme that emerges from these informal discussions is accepted or not. These are suggestions for discussion. Can I clarify that your suggestion would be to have a Resident Parking Scheme which only operated over night?

    2. buki

      Hi, i leave in Blenheim Gardens and it is difficult parking at night. if this scheme must work permit should either be 24 hours or evening time because there is no problem parking during the day. the problem is when we return in the evening, night or weekend because people from other street have parked on our street. infact some one constantly blocks my house with cylinder to save a space for himself if there is a car parked in his space.

      if i would be paying for permit i will not be paying for something that does not favour me and am sure there are many resident that won’t join because many people in my neighborhood leave in the morning and come back in the evening.

  4. Steve

    Thank you for initiating the debate regarding the parking issues with a view to a resolution. No, there is not a simple solution, however there are some obvious differences in the parking issues which we are affected by which seem to have been overlooked.

    The parking problem immediately around the ‘hospital area’ is different to that of the streets between Alexandria road and Eastern Avenue.

    The first area, that of the ‘hospital area’ suffers a daytime parking issue, the other area suffers an evening and overnight parking issue.

    The Royal Berkshire hospital having failed to make provision for staff and visitors to their site and as such having taken little or no responsibility for the local resident is beyond me, nor do I understand the inability of the council to enforce planning and impose a corporate social responsibility on the Berkshire NHS Health Foundation Trust. I would therefore like to confine my comments to the area other than in and around the hospital.

    As a resident who lives in Cardigan Road and who works variable shifts, I see parking patterns which occur at all times of the day, evening and at night.

    Depending upon who you are, what you drive (or not), and how many vehicles are ‘kept’ in the street by a household, different viewpoints will be held.

    However the reason for a review of parking is surely for the benefit of those of us who are residents, vote for our councillors, pay council tax, and would like the opportunity to park near our property; and of course safely without blocking the streets for emergency vehicles.

    A few observations regarding the above comments and the proposals;

    The fire service cannot get anywhere beyond 40 metres of ‘Dennis’? – I guess therefore that we have to tell the residents of York and London, Lincoln and Bristol that they need to demolish the properties without vehicular access in their historic narrow streets as they clearly cause a fire hazard being longer than 40 metres in length(Oh yes, fire hydrants and information on their command and control systems would be a solution – but no too difficult, too expensive, let the residents suffer and walk – cry’s of no money again – we’ll discuss that at the next civic dinner). We should also be aware that all buildings over 40 metres tall should be capped – No more tall buildings for you then London!, Dennis can’t climb stairs or get in a lift.
    Seriously though, are Hugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew (Youtube it!) Cuthbert Dibble and Grub saying that we are currently in danger but not serving a notice of road closure on us now? Are they condoning negligence on behalf of the council for not putting down yellow lines immediately? Should the traffic enforcement guys who currently do a great job of allowing the odd car to sensibly park with wheels on the kerb without blocking pedestrian access or the road failing in their role? should they have less flexibility and exercise no common sense?

    7.5 tonne vehicles and every conceivable delivery vehicle as well as Dennis can get around the streets of Cardigan Road, Cardigan Gardens and Foxhill Drive – ‘take off’ a few wing mirrors if you have to on the occasions when some inconsiderate muppet parks a metre from the kerb, I’m sure those vehicles owners will understand and not whine about the loss of their mirrors when they know someone/thing was burning; It may also make them park better next time.

    The solution is not to hide behind the use of regulations which currently do not apply, do not make sense or warranted in order to introduce a proposal which will ultimately not work.

    You can make this work consider a few do’s and dont’s………

    Do Consider that the residents should be the first priority.

    Do Acknowledge that it is the student car drivers that add to the congestion in term times.

    Do be aware that these students are not the ones who cast votes for the labour party come voting time (The change in demographic of students has become very evident – The Bullingdon Club is alive and well!) the value of cars that arrive and the affluence demonstrated indicates that a fee for a parking permit will be no obstacle).

    Do be aware that students in full time education that park their cars do not pay council tax and as such do not contribute to council run parking schemes..

    Do Consider that your voters, the permanent residents do not want to lose the limited space they currently have in which to park. Votes will disappear rapidly if you implement the proposals you have suggested.

    Do Look at working with the university to allow parking on the campus – They currently do not allow parking after 5pm. Why not? They have thousands of empty spaces on site between 5pm and 8am. The students could keep their cars there. Many students arrive in their cars at the start of term, leave them for weeks and then bugger off at the end of term using the roads as a long term free car park. Others use their cars to travel the enormous 1/2 mile journey to campus, rather than opting for the 500 meter walk! If they can’t walk 500 metres from Cardigan Gardens to the Whiteknights Campus and do without a car while at Uni then there is something seriously wrong, (apologies at this stage for sounding like an old fart! I guess I am old school and see the benefits of exercise and Uni life without a car…)

    Do Implement a zonal parking system in areas without designated road markings as requested by the emergency services. Keep the existing yellow lines for safety, which allows emergency vehicles to turn the narrow corners, but at the entrance and exit to the roads display signs which do not allow you to park between 5pm and 8am unless you display a residents parking badge for the particular zone, this would allow parking as is but reduce the number of cars who are not residents.

    Do Limit the number of permits to each household to 2 with visitor pass books as proposed.

    Do Not Reduce the amount of space for parking by 30 – 40%, that is madness. If the yellow road markings are applied as proposed, where do you think the vehicles will go – Ah yes, Eastern Avenue and Upper Redlands Rd., a through route which already has congestion and difficulty for the Red Cross and buses, and the residents of said roads will in due course complain of congestion and will look to implement a residents parking scheme or require another consultation. I agree totally with ‘Michael’

    Do Not “Remove masses of parking and leave everyone more screwed”

    Do Not Designate parking bays or painted areas in which to park, use the zone system and yellow lines for safety. Basically the residents do the best they can with the limited space and do park sensibly in the main. Credit to the temporary resident students too, in the majority of cases, they soon get used to parking as close as possible to each others bumpers.

    Do Not See this as a pay and display income generation opportunity.

    Conclusion

    If you seriously think the proposals you have suggested will improve anything for residents then my belief and trust in politicians will have been confirmed – trust me you do not want to know what I think of politicians – If you cannot improve the situation then just leave it alone and let us make the best of what we have got – Do consider just leaving it as it is – At least then during non-term time we will get the relief of somewhere to park.

    NB: Today as I started to write this response, I noticed the first arrivals of students during the day moving into their accommodation for next term – net result when I stupidly moved my car to go out in the evening and return one hour later – no spaces – park it up in Eastern Avenue, that’s a first for two months, coincidentally in line with non-term time! But its not a student parking influx problem is it?

  5. Simon Field

    I was opposed to the parking restrictions the last time they were discussed and the most recent proposals do nothing to alter my point of view. Some of my points are mirrored in the comments of others in this thread but I’d rather repeat than be underrepresented.

    Parking in the day:
    Daytime parking for me is rarely a concern because I work standard working hours. Based on the general lack of cars in the day, I’d say that’s probably true for the majority of my neighbours as well. Therefore, I have no issue with people parking in front of my house if it means they can support one of the local businesses, attend University functions or visit ill relatives at the hospital.

    Parking in the evening:
    The area under discussion was built at a time when cars weren’t a consideration and so it should be no surprise that parking can be tight and occasionally I have to park a little further away from my house than I would prefer. Like many others in the area, my household has two cars and charging £120 for this privilege is not going to influence me or my partner into giving up one of those vehicles. True, there are a number of student households in the area that may have more than two vehicles but I doubt that there are a sufficient number to have any great effect on the overall car population come 8pm. There are a lot of people and a lot of cars in the area but generally we all manage to squeeze in just fine.
    Do you have an estimate of the number of households with more than two cars?
    Do you have an estimate of how many resident cars will be forced out of the area if evening restrictions are put in place?

    Generally, I think that the overall cost (time and money) taken to implement this scheme wont be justified by the benefits (if any). Furthermore, if once again the proposed scheme does not meet with approval, can I suggest that you leave it a greater number of years until the subject is dusted off and discussed again? I hate to think about the amount of public servant time and consultancy money has already been wasted on this issue.

    1. jan

      Thanks for your comments and ideas. We are hearing a number of people telling us the issue is actually overnight rather than in the daytime, so we could look at changing this. We decided to come back to the whole area having had many requests from residents in different roads to implement a residents parking scheme in their roads. But cars are a bit like water, squeeze them out of one area and they appear somewhere else. We are not in the business of imposing a scheme on Redlands, indeed we welcome all comment and suggestions, ultimately it will be for residents to decide directly if they want any sort of scheme.

  6. Waheed

    Hi

    I’m a resident of Donnington Road

    The proposals as they stand will not resolve the parking problems.

    – there are 3 cars in my household so I already have an issue with the limit being 2. We need them to work.
    – why should I pay £120 for a second car when I already pay road and fuel tax not to mention insurance and various other costs
    – the scheme is too complicated and makes it appear that this is simply a way of making money
    – people working in the hospital and in town park their cars on the roads in the morning. Why does the hospital not have a larger car park built ? And can a cost effective option not be thought about for the town workers ?
    – instead of having books for visitors there should be a 2-3 hour time limit for them. Why should I pay to have people visit me when my book runs out ? That is just silly and will put people off from the area.
    – the issues start from 6pm onwards every day – that needs prioritising and addressing

    Thanks

    1. jan

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Any resident parking scheme has to be sustainable, and as we are one of only two councils in the whole country that do no charge for the first permit, it is necessary to chanrge for a second one to cover the costs associated with the scheme. As a council we do not make any money from Resident Parking Schemes. The only way to protect parking for residents over shoppers, commuters and workers in Reading to have a RP scheme. I agree the hospital is failing to provide adequate parking, but sadly as a council we are not able to make them provide more. I think you will find that we are proposing shared used resident parking, which means that visitors can stay for two hours without having to use a visitor ticket.

  7. Catherine Taylor

    Thanks for initiating the debate regarding the parking issue with a view to a resolution again. I remember the council addressed this issue a few years back but understand the parking was left as it is now. Unfortunately I will be away on holiday when the consultation is held at St Luke’s Hall otherwise I would attend.

    I live in Foxhill Road and I am in agreement with Simon that there is no simple solution and many things have to be considered. I also agree that residents should be the first priority and that you need to acknowledge that student car drivers add to the congestion in term times. I won’t repeat all of his points but I am in agreement with most of them and think he makes some valid points.

    I have lived in this road for the last 18 years and over the last 5 years or so, the problem has been getting worse. This is not helped by implementing parking permits in certain roads that are current issues as this just pushes the problem onto other residential roads in the area. I can see that Eastern Avenue is a current problem area, but only in University term time as I drive up this road every morning to work. Although I understand why you are changing it to resident permits, there will be a big impact for parking in the other surrounding roads. We are just about to start a new University term and I am already dreading the prospect of trying to fight for a parking space in my road, especially late at night if I have been out for the evening.

    One the main problems does occur at night when trying to find a space, usually after 10pm. If I go out and return after this time, I invariably have to park somewhere that is nowhere near my house and walk; something I don’t enjoy having to do just because I can’t park in my road! Alternatively, I have to park in a bay that has a time limit on it, usually starting at 8am. This means if I am not working the next day, I have to get up early to move my car to ensure I don’t get a parking ticket! And this is all because I cannot park in my road, something which is rarely a problem when the students are away!

    Reading this back to myself, it does sound like I am putting full blame on the students, but unfortunately after living in this area for so long, the problem does seem to be more of an issue when it is student term time! I think the University needs to take some responsibility for parking for students. Perhaps they should consider building a multi-storey car park on their grounds as this would take some of the burden off the residential roads around the area. I have also noticed that during term time, in the daytime, the roads in my immediate vicinity are also busier than non-term times. I think this is due to students using the roads to park in when going to University as there is not enough spaces on the campus itself and the roads are close for them to leave their cars and walk to the University.

    I also think the hospital parking contributes to this problem, however it is down the other end from where I live so doesn’t have so much of an impact on me (or not one that I am aware of). However, the hospital also needs to take some responsibility for the parking problems in the area as they are also contributing to it.

    So as Simon says (which I agree with), remember that the review of the parking is for the benefit of those who reside in the area, vote for the councillors, pay the council tax for the area, and would like to park near their own property!

    I have lived in Reading for at least 30 years now and chose to buy a house in this area 18 years ago due to really liking the area. However, after the last few years of the parking problems getting increasingly worse, I actually don’t enjoy living in this area any more, and sad as it sounds, it is the parking that is really helping me to make the decision to move out of Reading!

    1. jan

      Thank you for commenting. The intention of a resident parking scheme is as it ‘says on the tin’ to protect parking for residents, so that you have a fighting chance of parking close to where you live. We have heard the comments about the issue being worse in the evenings and could if residents wanted we could extend the scheme to be overnight as well. But these are all just ideas for discussion at this stage, we really are trying to find a scheme which will help.

  8. Clare

    I’ve read these comments with interest. I’m a resident on Addington Road – the end that isn’t being included in the scheme it seems. Does that mean we won’t be given a permit??? Does that mean, when my elderly father in law comes to visit, we have to “pay and display” to park in our area? Which does seem a bit steep…

    Where we live, we have issues day & night. We have hospital staff & visitors parking outside our house during the day and students parking for however long whenever they like, and however they like. We’re lucky – we have a drive. But the hospital staff & visitors and students seem unable to understand that you shouldn’t block someones drive – the number of times we’ve had to call the police (yes really, the parking can be that bad) is ridiculous. I don’t understand why our bit of road (from Hatherly to Erleigh) isn’t included in the scheme.

    For us, it’s the whole day parking that is an issue – can we not follow the schemes of other local areas where it’s Residents Permit but visitors can park for two hours between 10 & 4?

  9. Roger

    Hi,
    I am a resident of Kendrick Road.

    The proposal for Kendrick Road is to change the parking restrictions from 2 hours no return withing 2 hours at certain times to Pay&Display between 8am and 5:30pm, and then all other times unrestricted on Kendrick Road.

    I disagree with this change as it doesn’t reflect the parking needs of the road.
    There are two schools on the road (one at the bottom and one in the middle) – and at various times of the days, parents park their cars in order to pick up and drop off their children. There are also taxi drivers who wait whilst waiting for fares to pick up in town – again for between minutes and I guess up to a couple of hours.
    The current non-paying method works for both of these groups of people.

    i’d like you to leave the Kendrick Road parking restrictions exactly as they are.

    Regards,
    Roger

  10. Bernard Cardigan Gardens

    Many of us thought this matter had been dealt with around 3 years ago but it has raised its fearful head again.

    I live in Cardigan Gardens and I will limit my comments and observations to this immediate area although a quick glance at any satellite imagery for the Redlands area clearly shows the high density of dwellings across most of the Old Redlands area. Therefore I consider my observations are generally applicable.

    I have looked at the drawing UH110/OldRedlandsArea/1 on the proposed plans and have noted the extent of the three proposed parking bays allocated to Cardigan Gardens and the sections of Cardigan Road and Foxhill Road above Lydford Road. The parking bays are on one side of the highway only with double yellow lines on the opposite side. Scaling from this drawing yield parking bay lengths of 59, 69 and 63 metres respectively. These bays would need to serve 101 houses (I have subtracted the two houses in the upper part of Foxhill Road that have off-street parking). Given that the average car length is 4.5 metres and allowing a mere 0.5 metre gap to allow for a parking manoeuvre, this equates to parking for a maximum of 38 cars. This is approximately one car per three households.

    Therefore I consider this proposal to be unworkable. I doubt that many residents in this area own a car for solely leisure purposes. Many will own a car to facilitate getting to their workplace with no alternative available. Therefore the proposed scheme cannot work without a radical change in the demographic of this area. I am sure that councillors Jones, Gavin and Absolom are quite aware of this and I do not understand their exuberant enthusiasm for the proposals.

    I will attend the public consultation tomorrow (Monday 28 Sept) at St Lukes. I am sure if people have taken the time to look at these proposals in detail and become aware of the massive reduction in available parking these schemes will lead to then a vast majority of residents will reject them.

    Bernard
    Cardigan Gardens

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    I live in Cardigan Gardens and I will limit my comments and observations to this immediate area although a quick glance at any satellite imagery for the Redlands area clearly shows the high density of dwellings across most of the Old Redlands area. Therefore I consider my observations are generally applicable.
    I have looked at the drawing UH110/OldRedlandsArea/1 on the proposed plans and have noted the extent of the three proposed parking bays allocated to Cardigan Gardens and the sections of Cardigan Road and Foxhill Road above Lydford Road. The parking bays are on one side of the highway only with double yellow lines on the opposite side. Scaling from this drawing yield parking bay lengths of 59, 69 and 63 metres respectively. These bays would need to serve 101 houses (I have subtracted the two houses in the upper part of Foxhill Road that have off-street parking). Given that the average car length is 4.5 metres and allowing a mere 0.5 metre gap to allow for a parking manoeuvre, this equates to parking for a maximum of 38 cars. This is approximately one car per three households.
    I consider this proposal to be unworkable. I doubt that many residents in this area own a car for solely leisure purposes. Many will own a car to facilitate getting to their workplace with no alternative available. Therefore the proposed scheme cannot work without a radical change in the demographic of this area. I am sure that councillors Jones, Gavin and Absolom are quite aware of this and I do not understand their exuberant enthusiasm for the proposals.
    I will attend the public consultation on Monday at St Lukes. I am sure if people have taken the time to look at these proposals in detail and become aware of the massive reduction in available parking these schemes lead to then a vast majority of residents will reject them.

    1. jan

      Thank you for commenting. The ideas we have put forward are for discussion, it is not a formal proposal, but a response to the many, many requests we get to try and protect parking for residents. We do not have an exuberant enthusiasm for these ideas, merely an exuberance to try and improve the lives of residents in the area. And as we have tried to make clear, it is the residents who will ultimately decide. We will not impose any scheme without a large majority in favour.

  12. Robert Hine

    We live in Addington Road and have attended a recent public meeting on the parking situation in the old Redlands area. In 2011 at a previous similar meeting we were told emphatically that the Council had no intentions whatsoever of extending pay and display schemes beyond the town centre. We were dismayed to now see that there is such a scheme proposed for our area and feel that this would be wholly inappropriate. This would in no way change any perceived problems and would only serve as a revenue stream for the council. It would also serve to penalise the low-paid hospital workers who park in our road. The main difficulty with our area is that there are just too many people who own cars that have to be kept in streets that were never meant for such a purpose. Introducing any further parking restrictions will not solve anything and will simply push the bubble to geographically further roads (e.g. Green Road, Telford Road and so on). We are perfectly happy with the current parking situation. People come and park in our road and once the places are taken, that’s it. This causes no inconvenience to anyone and additionally serves to slow down the traffic. In the long term the solution would be to offer better alternatives to using a car to the RBH and Reading University (highly subsidised buses, good cycle routes) and maybe persuading students not to bring cars.

  13. Ben

    Removing half of the parking spaces from the terraced streets in the Redlands area is utter madness.

    Why not instead make the 50% of the spaces which have been proposed to be made pay and display into residents parking?

    The scheme as it stands just looks like a giant money making scheme for the council who have no thought for the residents. The hospital and University should be taking more responsibility for the amount of cars being brought to the area; this scheme just looks like a cheap way for these bodies to avoid having to spend any money to help address the problem.

    My property have already been devalued by the Article 4 direction (note that I am a homeowner, not a landlord) and this scheme will devalue it further.

    My worry is that the council who come up with these hair-brained plans don’t provide any means for the public to consult (note that I went to Erleigh Chruch meeting, none of the residents views were being captured by the council or democratic parties), and the democratic parties will probably be toothless in stopping the scheme.

    Finally, if the council has spent well over a year to come up with this scheme, but they cant print a plan where the legend matches the map, what hope do they have to get this scheme right?…

    1. jan

      Hi Ben, Thank you for commenting and attending the consultation meeting earlier this week. To address your points in turn re the ideas for discussion:
      1. Residents Parking permits will allow residents to park in Pay and Display areas for free.
      2.These ideas were put forward as a result of many and repeated requests to look at a resident parking scheme for the area.
      3. Sadly, the council has NO powers to force the hospital or university to provide more parking, despite much pressure on them to do this.
      4. I don’t understand how the Article 4 stopping further conversion of family homes to HMOs without planning permission has led to your house being worth less money, quite the reverse actually, unless of course you wanted to sell your home to a landlord to convert it into even student accommodation. We and many many residents felt that the area could not really accommodate more student houses without putting unacceptable pressure of the area, including on the ability of residents to park.
      5. You claim we do not give residents the opportunity to contribute to the development of ideas … seems a bit of a strange thing to say when we have distributed 2,500 leaflets, provided 4 ways for residents to feedback their ideas etc and organised a public meeting/exhibition, and this is just on the initial ideas for discussion. If a formal proposal were to result from all our informal discussions, then it would have to go through the formal council committee procedures and then out to formal consultation with residents. It would only be implemented if it commanded a substantial level of support.
      6. I apologise if the key on the maps was confusing .. can you let me know which particular map/legend you are referring to.
      … and finally, whether this or any other iteration of a scheme is introduced is entirely up to the residents.

      1. Ben

        Hi Jan, Thanks for the detailed reply.

        I’d vouch for the scheme if all the pay and display spaces were dual purpose (i.e. pay and display and for residents). However it looks like the not all of the pay and display areas are dual purpose? (e.g. Hatherley Road, Blenheim Road). You say “Residents Parking permits will allow residents to park in Pay and Display areas for free.”, are you right and the map is wrong?

        Many residents that own a car but don’t drive it everyday wont be able to park in their own streets due to dedicated pay and display i.e. they’ll need to move the car during the day, which is not feasible given that there will be nowhere to move it to.

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