Residents’ parking schemes
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet is to consider a revised Residents’ Parking
Scheme Policy at its meeting on Tuesday, 26 September.
Flintshire County Council adopted a Residents’ Parking Scheme in 2013 to assist
those living in properties without adequate off street parking who have
problems parking outside their properties due to businesses or visitors using
free on street parking areas to avoid car parking charges.
The policy sets out the principles for the establishment of Residents’ Parking
Scheme that would enhance the environment in residential areas and improve
on-street parking for residents, traffic management and road safety whilst
avoiding the creation of potential problems in other areas and reducing the
level of on-street parking for visitors and businesses
Currently there is no criteria for prioritising Residents’ Parking Schemes or
limiting how many schemes can be considered in a financial year and the report
recommends a process for prioritising schemes and limiting the number of
schemes progressed within each financial year.
Initial principles are that there should be clear evidence of residents’
support for a scheme in advance of any details of the scheme being prepared
with at least 50% of properties in any proposed area to have no off-street
parking. However, Residents’ Parking Schemes would not be introduced where the
majority of residents have off-street parking or where there is insufficient
on-street space to accommodate both residential and non-residential parking.
Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said;
“Residents’ Parking Schemes provide potential solutions in situations where it
is not practical to manage parking problems through conventional parking
restrictions and to make town centres and fringe areas more attractive.
“Schemes should not create unacceptable problems on adjacent roads and the
introduction of such schemes where parking spaces are severely limited shall
not affect the commercial viability of the area. Any scheme should form part of
a wider integrated traffic and parking management scheme.”