- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Thursday, 19 September 2019 2.00 pm (Item 20.)
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It was reported that there had been 3 registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme. A written statement, which the chair read out, had also been received.
Ms Elizabeth Knowles a resident of Longfield Terrace spoke on agenda item 5. She explained that when resident parking had initially been proposed in 1988, there were a number of objections from several Guest Houses. Numbers 1-19 had remained a non-controlled parking area, surrounded by resident parking. Over time the Guest Houses had closed, and are now owned by residential-families or couples. Parking for residents had become increasingly difficult, particularly recently as there had been a number of vehicles parked in that area long term. On behalf of residents of 1-19 Longfield Terrace, she requested that this application be accepted and proceeded with swiftly.
Mr Tim Kendal,Local resident of Longfield Terrace also spoke about agenda item 5, the non-controlled parking section at numbers 1-19 Longfield Terrace. He highlighted concerns regarding congestion due to use by residents who did not want to pay for a parking permit and non-residents parking in that area which is used as parking for people visiting the city. This had resulted in difficulty in parking for residents, their visitors, deliveries and tradespeople working in the area. Non-resident parkers had frequently parked with little regard to residents, blocking vehicles, leading to potentially dangerous situations. He supported the previous speakers request that this application be accepted and proceeded with swiftly.
Cllr Crawshaw spoke in relation to agenda item 5 in support of the officer recommendation to consider resident parking in a number of areas. He highlighted the need to consider different applications together, as different areas had different concerns which would impacted on surrounding areas. Residents in Balmoral Terrace had wanted a scheme that was different from Bishopthorpe Road as it was residents or visitors at Bishopthorpe Road that were parking on Balmoral Terrace. This would need to be considered in that context.
As regards parking considerations for Lower Ebor Street, he expressed concern as to potential impact of the new Hotel at that location. Although the Hotel had been subject to a planning condition, this had been in relation to how guests would park in respect of a resident parking zone. In the absence of a controlled parking zone, it would not be possible to enforce that condition. A further parking consideration for the area surrounding Lower Ebor Street was that the area was particularly busy at weekends, therefore, parking restrictions would need to cover seven days rather than Monday to Friday.
Cllr Crawshaw spoke about the double yellow lines at Hamblesham Road and Clock Works Street along a large segment (or stretch of Road, does it join them? I don’t know) Residents had expressed concern that this had limited parking for their visitors when its objective was to prevent commuter parking. Furthermore, with no cars parked there due to yellow lines, it could potentially lead drivers to increase their speed.
A written statement had been received from the York Cycle Campaign, which the chair read aloud, in support of the cycle route winter treatment pilot in York. They requested that consideration be given to possibly adding further sections to the pilot, such as the Millenium Bridge through to Walmgate Stray and Hob Moor on Tadcaster Road alongside Knavesmire. They expressed their willingness to assist in communicating winter route conditions to the wider cycling community.