Westover ward is 'good model for pilot parking scheme'

Westover ward is 'good model for pilot parking scheme'

Westover ward is 'good model for pilot parking scheme'

First published in News by

COMMUNITY leaders have launched a campaign to identify zones for a pilot resident parking scheme following concerns over parking in Bridgwater's Town Centre.

Westover Councillors have submitted a report to Somerset County Council based on public consultation within the ward and supported by street petitions, relevant parking statistics and diagrams.

The report, which included extensive petitions from 15 streets around the ward, was presented to Traffic Team manager Bev Norman to be passed on to Councillor Harvey Siggs, portfolio holder as part of the Departments Policy Review.

Ms Norman said: “At the moment Resident Parking Schemes can only be introduced where there are issues relating to public safety but Cllr Siggs has called for an urgent review of this policy.

“My team is looking at producing a new policy so we can get on with piloting some Resident Parking Zone schemes.”

Further steps will be to carry through the policy change, establish the procedure, identify a pilot scheme, look at funding and resources and establish 'champions' for each area.

Ms Norman added: “The Westover bid has ticked all the relevant boxes and is a good model for a pilot scheme.”

Cllr Brian Smedley said: “People around Westover have worked very hard to establish the need in their neighbourhoods by getting the petitions together and so we already have a system of 'Champions' ready and waiting to take this forward.”

The report also includes areas which require traffic calming measures such as Elmwood Avenue, Albert St, Dampiet Street and Queen Street.

Cllr Kathy Pearce said: “Several streets were unclear about whether they wanted resident parking and we need to stress no zoning will be introduced without full consultation.”

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:39pm Fri 5 Oct 12

grisleyreg says...

Albert Street has become the towns racetrack and is in urgent need of traffic calming, The pressure on social housing means more children than ever are housed in the areas flats and with no play areas they play in the streets, it is only a matter of time before one them gets hurt, The county council may be tight on funds but saving lives must be the first priority.
Albert Street has become the towns racetrack and is in urgent need of traffic calming, The pressure on social housing means more children than ever are housed in the areas flats and with no play areas they play in the streets, it is only a matter of time before one them gets hurt, The county council may be tight on funds but saving lives must be the first priority. grisleyreg
  • Score: 0

10:37pm Fri 5 Oct 12

sheldoncooper says...

I hope these traffic calming measures are better than the pathetic "pimples" they put down through Eastern Avenue after years of campaigning. Most family sized cars and vans. lorries etc wheels fall either side of them and still we have 60 - 70mph idiots racing down through there.
I hope these traffic calming measures are better than the pathetic "pimples" they put down through Eastern Avenue after years of campaigning. Most family sized cars and vans. lorries etc wheels fall either side of them and still we have 60 - 70mph idiots racing down through there. sheldoncooper
  • Score: 0

4:25pm Sun 7 Oct 12

hevjay says...

grisleyreg wrote:
Albert Street has become the towns racetrack and is in urgent need of traffic calming, The pressure on social housing means more children than ever are housed in the areas flats and with no play areas they play in the streets, it is only a matter of time before one them gets hurt, The county council may be tight on funds but saving lives must be the first priority.
I agree, I feel very sorry for the familes stuck in the flats, with nowhere for the kids to play and lugging pushchairs up stairs.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: Albert Street has become the towns racetrack and is in urgent need of traffic calming, The pressure on social housing means more children than ever are housed in the areas flats and with no play areas they play in the streets, it is only a matter of time before one them gets hurt, The county council may be tight on funds but saving lives must be the first priority.[/p][/quote]I agree, I feel very sorry for the familes stuck in the flats, with nowhere for the kids to play and lugging pushchairs up stairs. hevjay
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Hombre says...

Will there be a limit to the number of cars per property? We can almost never park outside our house, while some houses in our street have as many as four cars. Marked bays would be good to help stop bad parking.
Will there be a limit to the number of cars per property? We can almost never park outside our house, while some houses in our street have as many as four cars. Marked bays would be good to help stop bad parking. Hombre
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Mon 8 Oct 12

sheldoncooper says...

I hope its better than a scheme that was proposed a few years ago in the railway station area. We lived there at the time and would have been charged x amount per year for a parking space outside our house. However if someone else parked in that space we were told that the Council would not police it, so what was the point ?
I hope its better than a scheme that was proposed a few years ago in the railway station area. We lived there at the time and would have been charged x amount per year for a parking space outside our house. However if someone else parked in that space we were told that the Council would not police it, so what was the point ? sheldoncooper
  • Score: 0

11:33am Tue 9 Oct 12

me!!! says...

I too live near the railway station and since the station introduced pay and display 2 or 3 years ago, parking has been a nightmare with some of the station users not wishing to pay but using the spaces outside our houses.
I too live near the railway station and since the station introduced pay and display 2 or 3 years ago, parking has been a nightmare with some of the station users not wishing to pay but using the spaces outside our houses. me!!!
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Tue 9 Oct 12

noleaders says...

Personally I dont want to pay for parking I already get for free..Residents in provident place recently held a meeting about this, discussing parking in coronation road..without inviting the residents from our road..The chap at no 20 provident place was keen to see angled parking bays in coronation road..whats it got to do with him, he doesnt live here..the last thing I want as a resident is angled parking bays outside my house..its bad enough with one car parked outside..why would anyone want more..one resident of p place said that people only park on one side of c road..untrue..we use both sides but the bit we dont park in front of is where the garages of kendale rd residents are in c road..personally im very anti the idea of paying the council money for something thats currently free..the mercury writes that there have been petitions on the street about this..well i havent seen any..if you ask me this is just a revenue collecting exercise dreamt up by councellors Smedley and Pearce..Smedley lives in Castle street i believe where some of the impetus has been coming from..
Personally I dont want to pay for parking I already get for free..Residents in provident place recently held a meeting about this, discussing parking in coronation road..without inviting the residents from our road..The chap at no 20 provident place was keen to see angled parking bays in coronation road..whats it got to do with him, he doesnt live here..the last thing I want as a resident is angled parking bays outside my house..its bad enough with one car parked outside..why would anyone want more..one resident of p place said that people only park on one side of c road..untrue..we use both sides but the bit we dont park in front of is where the garages of kendale rd residents are in c road..personally im very anti the idea of paying the council money for something thats currently free..the mercury writes that there have been petitions on the street about this..well i havent seen any..if you ask me this is just a revenue collecting exercise dreamt up by councellors Smedley and Pearce..Smedley lives in Castle street i believe where some of the impetus has been coming from.. noleaders
  • Score: 0

10:36am Wed 10 Oct 12

Sedgemoor Labour says...

Why on earth would Cllr Smedley want to dream up a revenue collecting scheme for Somerset County Council??? In fact the impetus has been coming from lot's of residents in lot's of streets. You're welcome to your views. But you're wrong. Here's the full story for you. https://sites.google
.com/site/bridgwater
westoverweb/parking-
campaign
Why on earth would Cllr Smedley want to dream up a revenue collecting scheme for Somerset County Council??? In fact the impetus has been coming from lot's of residents in lot's of streets. You're welcome to your views. But you're wrong. Here's the full story for you. https://sites.google .com/site/bridgwater westoverweb/parking- campaign Sedgemoor Labour
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Wed 10 Oct 12

artful280 says...

Cllr Smedley is only responding to the large number of residents that are fed up of not being able to park near there homes because of cheapskate commuters who wont pay for parking, or cycle, walk or use the bus. My wife and next door neighbour went up and down our street knocking on every door and received a good majority in favour of residents parking. The last time there was a questionnaire about residents parking SDC lumped several roads together , Blacklands, Camden road and Alexandra Road. A large majority of Blacklands responded and wanted residents parking but as large parts of Camden road and Alexandra road have garages round the back alot of people didnt respond.Still 60% of people who did respond wanted residents parking but SDC fiddled the figures and counted the people who didnt respond with the No votes so decided not to take it further.
This time Cllr Smedley is taking it forward on a road by road basis but us in Blacklands are still lumped in with Camden road who have alternative parking anyway. Still hoping that the council will actually listen to the people but not holding my breath....
Cllr Smedley is only responding to the large number of residents that are fed up of not being able to park near there homes because of cheapskate commuters who wont pay for parking, or cycle, walk or use the bus. My wife and next door neighbour went up and down our street knocking on every door and received a good majority in favour of residents parking. The last time there was a questionnaire about residents parking SDC lumped several roads together , Blacklands, Camden road and Alexandra Road. A large majority of Blacklands responded and wanted residents parking but as large parts of Camden road and Alexandra road have garages round the back alot of people didnt respond.Still 60% of people who did respond wanted residents parking but SDC fiddled the figures and counted the people who didnt respond with the No votes so decided not to take it further. This time Cllr Smedley is taking it forward on a road by road basis but us in Blacklands are still lumped in with Camden road who have alternative parking anyway. Still hoping that the council will actually listen to the people but not holding my breath.... artful280
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Bridgy old Boy says...

Oh noleaders do not let the truth get in the way of a good story. Cllrs Smedley and Pearce are only doing what they are elected to do ie represent the views of their residents and electors. Frankly having taken the opportunity to read the link it is clear that the two Councillors have put one hell of a lot of work into this whole project and should be applauded for such. Whether the schemes are achieveable are a different matter and as an occasional town centre parker rather than resident I would object to the loss of spaces in the Castle Street; Dampiet Street areas which really benefit local retailers who are already under a lot of pressure.
Oh noleaders do not let the truth get in the way of a good story. Cllrs Smedley and Pearce are only doing what they are elected to do ie represent the views of their residents and electors. Frankly having taken the opportunity to read the link it is clear that the two Councillors have put one hell of a lot of work into this whole project and should be applauded for such. Whether the schemes are achieveable are a different matter and as an occasional town centre parker rather than resident I would object to the loss of spaces in the Castle Street; Dampiet Street areas which really benefit local retailers who are already under a lot of pressure. Bridgy old Boy
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree