Following the great response from Swanmore residents 92 emails/letters were received by Winchester City Council! We are not sure if this is a record but it is a very high response.
Of the 92 responses only 2 were in favour of the proposal.
Following the overwhelming negative comments the proposal has been considerably reduced in scope.
The proposal now just contains white zig zag lines outside the primary school (as requested by the school) and double yellow lines at two junctions.
Everyone who submitted a response should have received the following response:
I can confirm that due to the volume of comments received regarding the proposal to introduce Parking and Waiting Restriction in Swanmore this matter is now being taken to a meeting of the Cabinet (Traffic & Parking) Committee for decision.
The meeting is being held on Tuesday 26th July 2016 in the King Charles Hall, The Guildhall, Winchester and will start at 10:00am.
The meeting is open to the public, and if you wish to make a representation I would ask that you make yourself known to the Committee Clerk no later than 15 minutes before the meeting starts.
Your comments have been noted and will be summarised in the report taken before the Committee. As a result of the comments received, it has been decided to reduce the proposals for parking restrictions significantly, and the changes to the proposals will be detailed in the report. Full details will be available on the City Council’s website from 18th July 2016 at the following location.
I trust the above is of use.
The full report can be downloaded here: CAB2819-TP
While this is a considerable improvement many people are still unhappy that the double yellow lines on the junctions will be unsightly, and of course are not needed for enforcement purposes. The law is already clear about parking at junctions – enforcement is the issue. Where other villages have wanted to visibly remind inconsiderate drivers about not parking near junctions a single white line has been used – giving a much better visual appearance. Why not here?
The final decision is with the Cabinet (Traffic & Parking) Committee meeting on the 26th July. They will not necessarily agree the new proposal and could theoretically agree the original. So while this is a step in the right direction it is important not to think the matter is settled.
I will be at the meeting and requesting the opportunity to address the committee.