Notes from Rowan Crescent Residents’ meeting with Councillors and NHDC
1 July 2014
Please note these are not council minutes they are notes taken and prepared by Rhonda Parry who was at the meeting.
Ten residents attended the meeting, along with:
- L. Symes, Strategic Planning and Projects Manager, NHDC
N. Ihsan, Principal Transport Officer, NHDC
C. Phillipps, Technical Transport Officer, NHDC
Councillor L. Kercher, Hertfordshire County Councillor
Councillor G. Grindall, Wilbury Ward Councillor
Councillor J. Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Policy, Transport and Green Issues
Phase 1: Bedford Road Junction Protection Scheme
• C. Phillips said the NHDC had only 8 households (out of approximately 115) in the Wilbury area respond to the Pre-Consultation Notification dated the 5th of June 2014.
• Several residents explained that the letter was unclear – many believed that they wanted only objections. L. Symes noted this in order to make future notifications clear, because they do want feedback.
• The signed letters from the Rowan Crescent residents regarding the double yellow lines were given to C. Phillips and these will be added to the supporting documentation.
The Traffic Regulation Order is being drafted and there will be a 21-day period in which people can object, both residents and non-residents. This will be publicised by letters to residents, signs, on the Council’s website, and in The Comet. If there are no objections, the lines should be painted around October – November.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO RESIDENTS: Residents, please give the Council feedback (good and bad) when you receive the notification.
Other comments mentioned in regard to the junction protection scheme were:
• The Council will monitor where the displaced cars (approximately 10-12) due to the double yellow lines along Bedford Road migrate to.
• A resident pointed out that double yellow lines should be painted across from the junctions as well in order to ensure safety. However, L. Symes explained that this cannot be done at this stage simply because of the whole processes will need to be started again for Rowan Crescent in order to obtain the agreement of More Bedford Residents and we risk not getting the funding and delaying everything by at least an additional year. But the concern is noted and we need to consider that in the next phase of work.
Phase 2: Consideration of Parking Restrictions for the Wider Area
L. Symes referred to the NHDC Parking Strategy 2009 – 2019, Section 6.0 ‘Residential and other non-Town Centre Areas’ which highlights the approach to parking issues for streets like Rowan Crescent.
Consideration of Options:
Some types of parking restrictions that may be considered are:
• Single yellow line (no waiting during times shown on sign)
• No parking between certain hours unless you have a permit. This could be Monday – Friday or Monday – Saturday, etc. The times would be staggered by street in order to allow for enforcement.
There could be different restrictions for different streets. It will not be a one-scheme-fits-all approach.
Fifty-percent of households must support parking restrictions.
The Traffic Regulation Process:
• Drafting the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)
• Analysis of Representations
• Officer Report to recommend or not recommend parking scheme(s)
• If approval is given:
• The TRO is published
• Residents and those who gave representations will be notified and given the time scale
• Six-week High Court Challenge Period
• If no challenges, order comes into force.
A pre-consultation will most likely be carried out in January or February 2015 and will take approximately 2 months. This will comprise a letter to residents.Again, please give the NHDC your feedback, whether you support or object to parking restrictions.
The whole process, including the pre-consultation and the official consultation, should take approximately 1 year working with Local Resident Groups including Rowan Crescent.
Parking Data Analysis carried out by residents.
Residents discussed with the Officers and Councillors the parking data that had been collected over a one-month period. The Officers were very keen to have the information as it will augment the data that they have and will be collecting. The spreadsheet was passed on to them and some graphs and charts have been generated and will be sent to them as well.
In one month 156 different vehicles parked in Rowan Crescent.
The first chart (Total Half-Days Parked in Rowan Crescent) captures all parking over the day including people who were only there for a half day and others who were there for a full day.
The second chart (Total Full days Parked in Rowan Crescent) has been separated out to highlight potential non resident commuters by ignoring any causal parking. The non-residents in this chart have an 80% probability of being a commuter.(This last number has been derived from the frequency and duration of all parked vehicles)
Frequency and duration data for every individual car parked in Rowan Crescent is available but its not appropriate to publish here.
Click on the graph to enlarge.
The NHDC are reluctant to implement parking restrictions for one or two streets in the Wilbury area. It would be for the entire area.
The sale of non-resident permits for Rowan Crescent and other streets is a possibility although this has not been done as of yet in other streets with residential parking controls. If parking restrictions were implemented in the Wilbury area, the sale of non-resident permits could happen after approximately one year; however, residents would be consulted.
Councillor Kercher mentioned the following:
• Pressure for parking spaces is going to increase, particularly if the 1,000 new houses are built near the Grange.
• The parking garage in Letchworth town centre closes at 9pm and commuters are reluctant to use it for this reason and the cost.
• She has been told that the Letchworth Heritage Foundation has no plans to fund / build any car parks in Letchworth.
• Long-term parking needs to be assessed: more car parks, better bus system, etc.