- Meeting of Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Friday, 6th December, 2019 2.00 pm (Item 46.)
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Agenda item 4 - Consideration of representations in relation to an advertised proposal for pedestrian refuge and waiting restrictions on Bishopthorpe Road.
Cllr Crawshaw, Ward Member for Micklegate, spoke in relation to this item. He supported the pedestrian refuge and waiting restrictions on Bishopthorpe Road. He considered that there was a need to expedite the resident parking scheme at Bishopthorpe Road and urged that resident parking for the whole area be considered. Regarding parking up to the Terry’s Chocolate factory, at a meeting in September there was no support for double yellow lines but support for yellow lines at the driveways. There had been a reasonable level of support for resident parking. He considered that the proposals were headed in the right direction but that the timing of implementation needed further consideration.
Agenda item 5 - Consideration of representations received to an advertised proposal for waiting restrictions on Albemarle Road, Philadelphia Terrace and Ovington Terrace.
Cllr Crawshaw, Ward Member for Micklegate, spoke in relation to this Item and mentioned that he had a non-prejudicial interest in this matter in that it was likely that his children would go to Millthorpe School.
The following speakers also spoke in objection to the above proposals: Mr Peter Combie, Ms Averil Rushton, Ms Jane Simms and Mr Neil Muir, highlighting a number of concerns which included the following:
· There are existing concerns regarding parking at Ablemarle Road and Philadelphia Terrace where it is difficult to park due to commuter parking and residents who are not paying for a Resident Parking Permit seeking parking.
· Regarding the consultation on parking restrictions, only the residents in the immediate vicinity were consulted.
· The council should have implemented a joined up approach/ and take forward restrictions within the planned consultation for Resident Parking.
· The consultation was not wide enough. This affects residents, pedestrians, cyclists and the safety of school children.
· The proposed changes would adversely impact upon pollution levels and the council’s commitment for a cleaner greener York and affect the health of local residents for a project which is largely commercial.
· Regarding waiting restrictions at Ablemarle Road and Elvington Road, the consultation covered just a few issues of concern.
· If restrictions are enacted before a permit scheme it would make life more difficult for residents as displaced parking would move further into the residential areas. If restrictions have to be implemented this should only be done when Resident Parking is implemented.
· The plans involve placing double yellow lines over the driveways of properties which would reduce parking by 16 spaces and increase pressure for parking spaces.
· The overflow from onsite parking at MUGA would mean that residents could face a double impact of fewer parking spaces and increased traffic.
· Parked cars are frequently damaged. The proposed 80 vehicles an hour would add to that problem.
· The MUGA Development requires parking restrictions to get the planning application through. They are the only beneficiary. This is commercially motivated, while residents experience a loss of parking spaces.
· The proposed parking restrictions are part of a combination of measures to control the impact of the additional traffic caused by the MUGA. One other of which was the 30minute interval between sessions, which Sports England advised would (a) not be adhered to by users and (b) prevent community usage generating the required funds to make the MUGA viable. The recommendation that the parking restrictions are implemented to coincide with the MUGA being ready for community use to ensure its commercial viability ignores this fact.
· That to continue with the proposed restrictions, without a conditional Resident Parking scheme, on the basis that such a scheme will take too long to implement is disingenuous, given that the restrictions were first presented in February and planning approved in June of this year.
· A holistic approach to parking in the South Bank area is urgently needed, and small isolated plans such as these will only further inconvenience and frustrate residents.