Options to tackle parking issues in town centre to be discussed

This Is Wiltshire: Resident Mike Townsend has seen an increase in cars parking in the Old Walcot area Buy this photo Resident Mike Townsend has seen an increase in cars parking in the Old Walcot area

OPTIONS to tackle the long-standing problem of parked vehicles clogging up roads and blocking driveways in Old Walcot are to be presented to residents at a meeting this month.

Residents and councillors say those who work in the town centre park on the estate during the week to avoid paying car parking charges.

They say there is a similar problem on match days, when football fans leave their cars in the area and walk to the County Ground.

Following a consultation in November, asking residents for ideas to reduce the problem, Swindon Council is to hold a meeting at at Churchfields Academy on January 30, at 6pm, for officers to present worked-up, costed options to residents and get feedback on the ideas.

Coun Mark Dempsey (Lab, Walcot and Park North), who organised the meeting, said: “I think as car ownership has increased, it has got worse but it’s got to the extent where residents cannot park their cars where their driveways are being blocked.

“Where if they’ve got service people visiting or visitors visiting they cannot find a parking space, and where corners are being blocked, causing blind corners, which are dangerous to motorists and pedestrians.”

He said some of the mitigation ideas suggested by residents included some form of residents’ parking scheme, the introduction of yellow lines, and maybe some form of limited parking to deter commuters.

Coun Dempsey said: “It’s more complicated than just one option and I think we need different options for different roads. And what’s important is residents have the final say on anything that’s put in place.

“It’s important people come along to the January meeting. Any proposal after the January meeting will go back to residents for full formal consultation.”

Mike Townsend, 73, of Upham Road, who has lived in the area since 1955, said the problem had developed over the past five or six years, and had become worse since parking restrictions between 8am and 10am had been put in place in Lakeside.

The former railway worker said the parking problem was bad in Bampton Grove and Burford Avenue, as well as in the narrow Cumberland Road, where delivery vehicles drive on verges and churn up the grass to get past parked vehicles safely.

He said: “It’s access really for people. One or two people I know living in Burford have had people partially blocking their drive, it’s virtually made it impossible to get a car in and out of the driveway.

“The thing I’m concerned about is obviously it’s not as easy for the council people, like the refuse collection and recycling people, to get around, it might be awkward for them. One or two roads are really tight.”

He said he would like to see parking restrictions between 10am and noon to stop people parking all day.

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5:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

faatmaan says...

this basically relects the councils intransigance in dealing with parking issues in all areas of Swindon. The council is the enforcer on the streets a duty they took over from the Police, but they seem to have totally abandoned the principle of anforcement, preferring to appease the culprits, perhaps if the Audit commission was to challenge them on their neglect of duty, we may see a more pro active approach to parking issues.
this basically relects the councils intransigance in dealing with parking issues in all areas of Swindon. The council is the enforcer on the streets a duty they took over from the Police, but they seem to have totally abandoned the principle of anforcement, preferring to appease the culprits, perhaps if the Audit commission was to challenge them on their neglect of duty, we may see a more pro active approach to parking issues. faatmaan
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6:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

peatmoor pirate says...

Parking is getting worse everywhere because there are more cars everywhere. Football parking has always been in Old Walcot, the club has been around for longer than most residents I'd wager but hey-ho. Maybe proper enforcement of parking laws. Maybe if the Police did this this rather than hanging around inside the ground where they are seldom needed, residents could be protected and we'd all get better value for money from them.
Parking is getting worse everywhere because there are more cars everywhere. Football parking has always been in Old Walcot, the club has been around for longer than most residents I'd wager but hey-ho. Maybe proper enforcement of parking laws. Maybe if the Police did this this rather than hanging around inside the ground where they are seldom needed, residents could be protected and we'd all get better value for money from them. peatmoor pirate
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7:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13

oldbutawake says...

Most of the roads in question do not have parking restrictions on them at present. Cars in the main are legally parked - even if the drivers aren't very considerate to residents in so doing!

Residents' parking will not solve anything. The workers will simply move elsewhere and the residents will collect the tickets for incorrect parking.

A short time (10-12am I recall) single yellow line parking ban was trialed in Old Town some years ago and seemed to work.
Otherwise there are many empty parking spaces in the Council car parks nowadays. Surely a low cost scheme could be worked out (Oh that's against our politically correct delusion that everyone catches the bus if we make parking awkward) to encourage off street parking for town centre workers? A win-win solution should be possible with some original thinking from the Council' Traffic Management Team.
Most of the roads in question do not have parking restrictions on them at present. Cars in the main are legally parked - even if the drivers aren't very considerate to residents in so doing! Residents' parking will not solve anything. The workers will simply move elsewhere and the residents will collect the tickets for incorrect parking. A short time (10-12am I recall) single yellow line parking ban was trialed in Old Town some years ago and seemed to work. Otherwise there are many empty parking spaces in the Council car parks nowadays. Surely a low cost scheme could be worked out (Oh that's against our politically correct delusion that everyone catches the bus if we make parking awkward) to encourage off street parking for town centre workers? A win-win solution should be possible with some original thinking from the Council' Traffic Management Team. oldbutawake
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11:17pm Mon 21 Jan 13

twasadawf says...

There will be an empty 850 space car park finished this summer on the old police site if they priced it at low cost maybe it'll be used, there is a car park outside lainsmead school(the road) thats filled everyday by kin idle parents who live just across the road, or maybe there little darlings have lost the ability to walk
There will be an empty 850 space car park finished this summer on the old police site if they priced it at low cost maybe it'll be used, there is a car park outside lainsmead school(the road) thats filled everyday by kin idle parents who live just across the road, or maybe there little darlings have lost the ability to walk twasadawf
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3:10am Tue 22 Jan 13

greenpacer says...

It would help if there was more parking lay-byes built along some roads. Toothill certainly needs them as our roads are clogged up with parked cars including people who are not satisfied with one car. Some have a garage , but they don't use it as such . They park car 1 in the drive and car 2 in the road. Some go as far as having three vehicles or even a caravan !
It would help if there was more parking lay-byes built along some roads. Toothill certainly needs them as our roads are clogged up with parked cars including people who are not satisfied with one car. Some have a garage , but they don't use it as such . They park car 1 in the drive and car 2 in the road. Some go as far as having three vehicles or even a caravan ! greenpacer
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8:12pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Captain T says...

Bollards which can only be collapsed by a key - the resident(s) having the key.

There, problem solved for £0 lol
Bollards which can only be collapsed by a key - the resident(s) having the key. There, problem solved for £0 lol Captain T
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