The Parish Council objected to the initial parking proposals put forward in January by the County Council. Following a meeting with County Council officers a revised set of proposals was produced, and we again objected.
Why did we object? Simply put, because we believe that the scheme as proposed would make things worse rather than better, and specific points raised to do with road safety had not been addressed. Many local residents and businesses also sent in objections.
The Parish Council was concerned that the matter would be considered by the Transport and Highways Committee before we had the opportunity to discuss it again with local businesses. We are pleased that there has been a rethink, and the scheme will not now be put to Highways Committee before further discussions with businesses, the residents objecting, and the Parish Council have taken place.
It is a difficult issue with the competing needs of residents, shoppers, workers, and the efficiency of the parking wardens all to be considered.
Thanks to the new County Council viewpoint we now have time to work together to get the best possible solution.
By Councillor Nick Tegerdine,