Councillors and committees

Agenda item

Latchmere Lane Area - result of parking beat survey

To note the results of the parking beat surveys and consider the way forward

Decision:

Resolved that:

 

1.    the results of the Parking Beat surveys results set out in Annex 1 are noted;

 

2.    Residents are consulted on the introduction in six months’ time of parking restrictions to create passing places in Latchmere Lane between Latchmere Road and Tudor Drive to assist drivers and pedestrians in this section of the carriageway; and

 

3.    If implemented, the new restrictions are reviewed 6 months after the date of implementation.

Minutes:

A petition was received from residents of Latchmere Lane at the Committee meeting held on 22 January 2019 requesting the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone in the Latchmere Lane Road and Tudor Drive areas.  The request was made as a result of displacement parking following the introduction of the new Permit Parking Area (PPA) for the roads east of Richmond Road (Durlston Road, St Albans Road, Studland Road, Fernhill Gardens and Earle Gardens).

 

A parking beat survey was carried out at different times of the day to assess the extent of the parking problem and the full results were set out at Annex 1.  The reserve capacity was identified as follows:  at 5am 24%, 9am 30%, 1pm 35%, 7pm 37% and 9pm 32%.  However, Latchmere Road is busy at school opening and closing times, Bertram Road is occupied to 90% of capacity at 5am (resident parking) and Kelvedon Close is over-capacity at 106% at 9pm, (again resident parking due to parking across driveways).  The officer view was that there is reserve capacity in most roads during the day and the highest level of on-street parking is due to overnight resident parking.  The introduction of daytime parking schemes will not impact on the night parking situation.  The officer recommended that a further review is carried out once the PPA scheme in the roads east of Richmond Road has been in operation for one year.  In the meantime a Traffic Management Order is recommended to make yellow line waiting restrictions in Latchmere Lane between Latchmere Road and Tudor Drive to create passing places which would assist drivers and pedestrians along this section of the carriageway at locations to be agreed with the Chair, Vice Chair and Ward Members. 

 

During discussion it was observed that the introduction of yellow lines would reduce the availability of parking and this could give rise to a greater need for CPZ.    The Officer responded that a further parking beat survey would identify a change in parking demand.

 

It was suggested that Traffic Management Orders are not the best way of advising residents about changes and the officer advised that if the Committee considered that there were any road safety issues then it would be appropriate to advise them about the introduction of restrictions on the grounds of safety.  However, the officer did not consider that the introduction of yellow lines to create passing places provided sufficient grounds for road safety and therefore a consultation about the change would be required.  There was support for this approach and agreement reached that the consultation letter including details about the further planned parking beat survey and details about the increasing costs of resident parking.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    The results of the Parking Beat survey set out in Annex 1 are noted;

 

2.    Residents are consulted in the very near future on the introduction of parking restrictions to create passing places in Latchmere Lane between Latchmere Road and Tudor Drive which would assist drivers and pedestrians in this section of the carriageway; and

 

3.    No other action be taken on parking in the areas subject to the parking beat survey at this stage but to review the areas after the new Permit Parking Area scheme in the roads east of Richmond Road has been in operation for a year to assess its impact on the areas.

Voting:

For – Councillors Zain Abbas, David Cunningham, Emily Davey, Olivia Boult, Katrina Lidbetter, Maria Netley, Dave Ryder-Mills, Olly Wehring,

Against - none

Abstain – Councillor Caroline Kerr, Rebekah Moll, Jon Tolley

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