A Resident’s Parking Scheme for Oldfield Ward?
The lack of parking is a national problem. Many of our communities were built before cars were invented or were never planned for people to own cars. In most of Oldfield Ward there is less than one on-street parking space per household.
We know that some, but not all residents would like to see a resident’s parking scheme (RPS) introduced.
The Council conducted a formal survey of local households in 2001, 2007 and 2012 asking if residents wanted RPSs introduced which would operate on a similar basis to others already existing in the City.
- In all three years, the community’s response was mixed – with about 50% in favour, 50% opposed.
It should be noted that householders who live closer to the existing RPSs (active in Lower Oldfield Park / Brougham Hayes) were more in favour – those who live further away from existing schemes towards Linear Park) were more opposed.
Why are people in favour of RPSs?
- They have difficulty finding on-street parking near their home.
- They are prepared to contribute to the Council’s costs for enforcing a scheme. Currently this is £100 for the first car and £160 for the second car per year. Details about permits (including visitor’s permits) are here.
Why are people opposed to RPSs?
There are generally three reasons:
- They don’t have a problem (i.e They have their own off road parking or don’t have a car)
- There isn’t a problem in their street
- They don’t want to pay for the scheme
What are our current and future parking pressures?
- Housing at Western Riverside and the former Bath Press site is being built with less than one parking space per household. There is a risk that people living in the Western Riverside could park in Oldfield Park and walk to their home.
- Existing homes in multiple occupation having additional bedrooms added.
- An increase of commuter parking as a result of planned increase in frequency of trains stopping at Oldfield Park Station.
How would a scheme work?
- The Council does not like to introduce single street RPSs. This is because it just transfers a parking problem from one street to an adjacent one.
- A RPS scheme would cover a large area – Probably all the terraced houses between existing RPS Zone 5 – as far south and west as the Linear Park.
- We would insist any scheme would be adapted to allow shoppers to park for the Moorland Road district centre and to consider the business employees who often park in the surrounding streets.
- Please be aware that the Council is not legally permitted to make a profit from operating any on-street RPS – and that without enforcement officers to issue tickets the RPSs don’t work!
Where are we now?
- The Council’s Position
The Council issued two explanatory documents in 2013; The Purpose of Residents Parking Schemes and Guidance on the Introduction of Residents Parking Schemes which explain the formal position.
- The Community’s Position
There has been an increase in residents requesting a new parking survey over the past 12 months. Both Will and Shaun encourage debate about a residents parking scheme in Oldfield Ward and will continue lobby the Council for a new formal survey and to monitor for any significant changes in the community’s opinion.
If you would like to have your say, please add your comments to this story or email us.
- This version published (16/03/2018) represents a complete review of the Parking situation in Oldfield Ward.
- This page is an update of one first published in October 2012, subsequently updated in December 2012 and September 2013.
- Public comments 1 – 6 are unedited and as posted on the dates shown. As a result, the public comments may not fully correspond to the current content of this page.