Agenda item

WESTERN WAY AREA PROPOSED TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER - OBJECTIONS

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “A”) which sets out objections received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for waiting restrictions on Western Way and adjacent streets.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the objections be overruled and the Traffic Regulation Order        for waiting restrictions on Western Way and surrounding streets      be implemented as advertised subject to incorporating some or all             of the following minor amendments:

 

i.          Incorporation of residential permit parking for properties 490 to             500 Halifax Road into the nearby business permit parking area.

 

ii.         Farfield Grove area – reduction in permit parking operational      hours to Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

 

iii.        Replacement of proposed No Waiting At Any Time restrictions in          front of properties 512 to 516 with residential permit parking spaces, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

 

(2)       That the objectors be informed accordingly.

 

Overview & Scrutiny Area: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Andrew Smith - 01274 434674)

 

 

 

Minutes:

 

Prior to the consideration of this item, the Chair stated that Simon Moscrop was due to retire from the Council after many years of dedicated service with the Highways Department, and on behalf of the Area Committee the Chair thanked Simon for his advice, help and resolve in assisting Members of this Committee over the years, and he wished him all the best in his retirement.  Other Members of the Area Committee echoed the sentiments expressed by the Chair.

 

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “A”) which set out objections received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for waiting restrictions on Western Way and adjacent streets.

 

The Senior Principal Highways Engineer explained that the proposals had emanated from the on street parking by employees of Yorkshire Water over a number of years, and that in order to resolve the issue, Yorkshire Water had agreed to fund the proposed Traffic Regulation Order for a permit parking scheme and a number of other minor proposals.  Following extensive consultation with over 280 properties, five objections had been received to the proposed TRO and these were set out in the report. Following consultation, a number of minor modifications were being proposed and they were also set out in the recommendations.  It was pointed out that officers in conjunction with Yorkshire Water had worked closely with Ward Councillors in coming up with a viable scheme.

 

An objector was present at the meeting and stated that permit parking would have an adverse impact on her extended family as the family members had been living in the area for over 45 years and received a number of visitors, who would no longer be able to park in the vicinity of the house. This will also be true of a number of other elderly residents, and she urged that the proposals be revised and the times varied to allow for visitors to park without being penalised, and that the extent of the TRO be minimised, as the problem was greater in the vicinity of the Yorkshire Water premises.

 

In response to the issues raised by the objector the Senior Principal Highways Engineer stated that permits would be issued for all vehicles registered at each property plus a visitor permit per household. There were further options for visitor parking for instances where there was more than one visiting vehicle such as borrowing neighbours visitor permits or, in more extreme circumstances, contacting Parking Services to agree special arrangements for large visitor numbers.  If individual households required additional permits they should contact Parking Services.  In relation to the issue of consultation a letter drop as well as the posting of notices had been undertaken, as well as consultation having been undertaken previously in May 2019, adding that the permits would be free and administered by the Council.

 

A Ward Councillor and Member of the Committee stated that although she appreciated the sentiments expressed by the objector, the issue of parking had been an a long standing problem on Western Way and the adjoining area over many years, and Yorkshire Water had now agreed to fund a scheme.

 

The Senior Highways Engineer also stressed that the proposed scheme could not just be implemented in part and monitored, as Yorkshire Water would only fund the scheme in its entirety now, and given the nature of funding there would be no guarantee that a extension to the scheme could be implemented in the future.

 

A Member stated that if the issue was not addressed now, it would just move the problem on, and it was therefore:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the objections be overruled and the Traffic Regulation        Order for waiting restrictions on Western Way and         surrounding streets be implemented as advertised subject to             incorporating the following minor amendments:

 

i.          Incorporation of residential permit parking for properties 490 to 500 Halifax Road into the nearby business permit   parking          area.

 

ii.         Farfield Grove area – reduction in permit parking     operational   hours to Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

 

iii.        Replacement of proposed No Waiting At Any Time             restrictions in front of properties 512 to 516 with residential           permit parking spaces, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

 

(2)       That the objectors be informed accordingly.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Place

 

Overview & Scrutiny Area: Regeneration and Environment

 

 

 

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