200 more commuters coming to park on our streets

The Council proposes to send 200 more cars a day to try and find parking places in our neighbourhood. This is ahead of the proposed clean air zone and the additional pressures this will bring, and the terrible pressures we have already.

We think these proposals should be delayed, at least until the CAZ and supporting measures ae resolved. If you agree all you need to do is email the Council using the email address:

transportation@bathnes.gov.uk

The Council’s surveys show that around 200 commuters’ cars will be displaced when a new residents only zone is brought in to cover all of Poets Corner down to Bloomfield Avenue and Maple Gardens.  Our streets have already seen an increase in pressures from commuters because of the hike in charges for city centre car parks.  As we’re on the edge of the Clean Air Zone we’ll be under in even more pressure still if that is introduced. The Bear Flat Residents Parking zone (RPZ) proposals should be put on hold at least until the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is implemented.  The effects of both the CAZ and this RPZ proposal need to be properly understood before either can be implemented. Otherwise there is every likelihood of intolerable road safety conditions, severe impacts on residential amenity and worsening air quality.

All you need say is:

“I object to proposals for a Bear Flat Residents Parking zone (RPZ).  These proposals should be put on hold until the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is implemented.  I’m a resident who will be affected by the impact of displacing 200 commuters’ cars to our neighbourhood.  This will be in addition to increased pressures from the imposition of a clean air zone.  The effects of both the CAZ and this RPZ proposal need to be properly understood before either can be implemented.  Otherwise there is every likelihood of intolerable road safety conditions, severe impacts on residential amenity and worsening air quality.”

Of course, please make your own comments but please it is really important to let Council leaders know local strength of feeling on this issue.  Please take the time.   The closing date for objections is  13thDecember.

There also seem to be several  shortcomings and concerns about the proposals that together don’t support an urgent need for Bear Flat to have a zone ahead of everywhere else.

  • Only 52% of residents in the proposed zone were in favour (the Council themselves rate this as ‘neutral’ rather than ‘for’ or ‘against’)
  • Council surveys show levels of ‘parking stress’ fail to meet the Council’s own guidelines
  • The main problem in the zone is the number of cars owned by residents – nearly all the streets that are ‘stressed’ already are so at 7.00 in the morning and at 6.00 at night – removing commuters doesn’t help
  • The Council has not looked at the effects of the proposed zone on neighbouring streets – there have been detailed surveys of conditions within the proposed zone but none of our streets around it
  • The Council has consulted residents and businesses within the zone but no one outside
  • When those that did hear of the proposals objected, they were at first ignored completeley and then only considered as an afterthought when they were dismissed

Evidence of all these points are to be found in the Council’s own published documents below:

https://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=26530&PlanId=628