To consider the proposals set out in the report.
Nick Baldwin, Senior Engineer introduced a report to recommend a formal consultation on the proposal to expand Permit Parking Zone C which included the following:
- In 2017 a report to the JTB recommended an extension to Permit Parking in Zone C. The implementation was subject to an issue with the existing zone which was not resolved so no further action was taken at the time.
- An informal resurvey of the original proposal had now been conducted. The report provided an update of residents views.
- The outcome of the survey showed that although the volume of support was broadly similar to that given in 2017, more people had responded with the result that in the area previously proposed for restrictions, although the majority were still in favour it was more finely balanced.
- The next step would be to formulise the proposal and undertake a consultation.
Mr Hugh Hennebry, member of the public had registered to speak and provided the following statement:
“Some time ago there was a proposition that one side of the road on Molyneux Park Road would have yellow lines on it to stop parking. Although this sounds well-intentioned, it could cause a real and significant danger to cars, bikes and pedestrians.
The current arrangement of cars parked on both sides of the road slows traffic down, which is good, as there is often only width for one car, so they have to pause. If cars are only parked on one side it is likely that cars driving along the free side of the road will travel faster. The new 20mph restrictions are great, thank you. However, it is a very steep hill and cars travelling down often exceed the speed limit.
The road is on a steep camber, as well as on a steep gradient. I believe the suggestion was that the lower side of the road (houses with odd numbers) would have parking and the higher side of the road (even numbers) would not allow parking. Exiting from a driveway which sits lower than the level of the road (odd numbers) is already a hazard, as parked cars currently block the view of the road and do not allow visibility of the road in either direction. Where the roadside parked vehicle is a van, or a high car e.g. a 4x4, this is exacerbated, especially if the emerging car is a normal height car . With an even greater number of cars trying to cram into fewer spaces (a number of the houses on the road are multi-occupancy) there will inevitably be cars over spilling exits to driveways and causing even worse visibility for cars attempting to exit a driveway from below the road level. This means cars will need to come into the main thoroughfare "completely blind". This will inevitably cause collisions with cars, cyclists and even pedestrians. This will be made worse when cars travel faster because of point 1. above. Do please come to see this situation for yourselves in morning traffic and you will see that this could have serious consequences. Molyneux Park Road is used by buses and many, many cars. It serves three schools (four, if you include drop off at TWGGS). It becomes extremely busy at school times and can be significantly congested when trying to exit at the top on Mount Ephraim. As it is a long, straight hill, it also has cars which travel along it (especially down it) far too fast for safety. If there are cars attempting to emerge from driveways between tightly packed parked cars with no visibility, which are also invisible to the drivers travelling along/down Molyneux Park Road, collisions are inevitable. Given that the collisions may also be with a vehicle travelling at, or exceeding, 20mph the outcome could well be disastrous. Cars could also swerve off the road to avoid a crash onto pavements that are frequented by school children walking to and from school, often with parents pushing buggies. The side of the road that cars drive down the hill and are more likely to speed, is the lower side of the road, where the travelling cars cannot see the driveways due to parked cars restricting their view, and the emerging cars cannot see the travelling cars for the same reason.
We think there shouldn’t be one side of the road with all yellow lines but if the plan to restrict parking to just one side of the road is still being considered, it is of the utmost importance that it is the higher side (even numbers) of the road that allows parking and the lower side (odd numbers) that does not. Drivers driving off drives that are higher than the road they are joining do, at least, get to see whether there are cars travelling along the road or not.”
Discussion and responses to questions raised included the following:
- It was important that those residents without driveways should be able to park relatively close to their properties.
- It was noted that the view of the residents association was that this scheme should be supported.
- The proposal included in the report was agreed.
RESOLVED: Members agreed to endorse the proposal to begin a formal consultation on the proposal to expand Permit Parking Zone C and report any objections to a future meeting of this Board.