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					APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref 1 Summary of comment(s) Chopin Road (3 letters received) a. Already a lack of parking and disabled parking bays would make the matter worse. b. c. a. Observations show that the demand for parking in Chopin Road is high and that the provision of 4 dedicated disabled bays may restrict parking Question how the number of 4 opportunities for others. However, in spaces was calculated. these circumstances, to not provide a Why should we park further away disabled bay could mean that a from our home to accommodate the disabled person has to park their proposal? I am entitled to park near vehicle some distance from their or outside my home; I shouldn’t have property. It is also highly probable that to be disabled to have that privilege. the disabled person requesting the bay I find this to be very unfair, already parks a car within the road in discriminating and not what I would much the same location. Whilst this class as equal opportunities as this bay would be restricted to blue badge country strives to promote. holders the proposed location has been carefully chosen to minimise the Would like other options considered impact on other road users and any such as removal of the planted areas overall net loss of parking. Officers or converting the grass area to have met with a number of concerned provide more parking. residents of Chopin Road regarding the 6/7 years ago we asked for a parking issues in the road and the disabled bay which was refused. proposed disabled parking bays. In this instance it has been agreed to We also requested a dropped kerb; provide 3 additional parking spaces to we were told this would be be constructed on a shrub bed. This implemented in April but have since would help compensate for the loss of been told this too has been refused. 4 spaces and remove the problems the There are already problems with existing shrub bed causes. The cost of Asda staff parking in the road and this could be met from the Access for lorries. All Budget. This is proposal is shown at Appendix 3. The overgrown bushes cause problems. They stop people parking b. The Council has received 4 as they are prickly and painful to applications for a disabled bay from 4 anyone getting out of a car, they also disabled residents in the road. damage vehicles. The bush problem c. Chopin Road is public highway and as has been ongoing for a few years. such no one person has any more right Last time the council removed to park. See response to 1a above. bushes from the sides of the garages and this proved to be a d. See response to 1a above. waste of time as people do not park there as they would be blocked in by e. In 2003 the Borough’s Cabinet agreed, subject to available funding to the someone else. So there are 3 progression of a Traffic Regulation spaces unused due to this problem Order, to regularise disabled motorists’ which again reduces the parking parking bays in residential areas. spaces by another 3.
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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref i. Summary of comment(s) When we confronted the council regarding the overgrown bushes we were told that we can cut them back ourselves which is totally ridiculous as they are prickly and hazardous and will need disposing of properly. The council cut the bushes back only when people phone and complain about them being overgrown. They cut back by a minimum amount and then within a few weeks become overgrown again. Last year one of the bush areas was cleared due to a similar problem. All the prickly bushes were removed and replaced by some kind of plantation and covered in bark, which the local pets are most grateful. Officer response Since this date a Traffic Regulation Order for disabled bays has been promoted annually for all requests. Unfortunately when the objectors first requested a disabled parking bay the Council did not have a policy or budget with which to implement them. Should the objector wish to apply for a disabled parking bay they can do so. However the proposed disabled parking bays would not be allocated to any one individual and would be available to any vehicle displaying a blue badge. f. The request for a drop kerb has currently been put on hold until the outcome of this disabled parking report is known. It is proposed to implement a new footpath and drop kerb as shown at Appendix 3. g. Chopin Road is public highway and as such Asda staff have no less right to park on-street than residents themselves. Nevertheless resentment is understandable. Unfortunately there are no legal restrictions forbidding vehicles under 3.5 tonnes parking safely on the highway and the Council does not have the authority to prevent such vehicles from doing so. If the commercial vehicles that regularly park in Chopin Road are over 3.5 tonnes the problem can be dealt with by the Traffic Commissioner. h. See response 1a. i. j. These points have been raised with the Streetcare Team. These points have been raised with the Streetcare Team. Comment noted.

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k. Removing the existing bushes would not cause a privacy issue as the bushes were removed from the other end of Chopin Road. l. I support the proposal for the disabled bay at the western end of the road.

m. I do not see the purpose of the fenced in grassed area. Children climb over it to play and it is an eyesore. The children use the fence as a lift to get onto the roofs of the garages which is obviously very dangerous. Why is there a gate with a padlock on it? n. If the disabled person does not park in the designated space due to difficultly to get out they would park in a normal space limiting the parking further. o. A neighbour is requesting a drop kerb outside her house. If this is

k. Comment noted. l. m. Vehicles should not park on public open space. Parking on such areas

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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) actioned this will take up another parking space which will reduce the parking spaces by 5. p. People have parked on the grass area when visiting friends or relatives and this can also be a danger to the children playing in the area. q. A painted junction box on the entrance to Chopin Road is ignored due to lack of parking. r. What happens if more disabled people move into the area? Or what happens if they move out of the area, you are then left with 4 disabled bays not being used. Officer response can create a nuisance, cause safety issues and cause additional maintenance works. The fence was installed to prevent parking to address these issues. The safety issue has been raised with the Streetcare Team. The gate is to allow access for maintenance. n. The proposed disabled parking bays are in locations requested by the applicants; it is therefore unlikely that they would choose to park elsewhere. o. It is proposed to implement a drop kerb as shown at Appendix 3. An additional 3 parking spaces are proposed to offset the loss of general parking and the provision of a footpath link and drop kerb. p. Vehicles should not park on public open space; parking on such areas not only provides a nuisance to other users but is a safety and maintenance issue. The fence was installed to prevent such parking. q. The white hatched marking is an advisory marking only to discourage inappropriate parking. The Highway Code suggests that parking should not occur where it may cause an obstruction and the Police can take action if an offence is taking place. The objector can contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Switch Board to report any cases of obstruction. r. If further disabled parking bays are requested in Chopin Road, these will be considered by Officers. If appropriate they will be included in any future Disabled Parking Traffic Regulation Order which would be advertised. If bays are no longer required the bays can be revoked and removed. RECOMMENDED ACTION:
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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response 1. Proceed with the proposed disabled parking bay adjacent to 97 Chopin Road. Implementation of the other three disabled parking bays will be deferred until additional parking bays are installed using funding from within the Access for All Budget. 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after implementation. 2 Penrith Road (1 letter received) a. The disabled bay is not required and will mean the loss of a valuable space. b. There is nobody disabled living close by so the space will be empty. c. The majority of houses have off road parking in the garages but they are used for storage. 3 Queens Road (1 letter received) a. Queens Road does not have a. It is acknowledged that the demand for residents only parking and is used parking in Queens Road is high. by many, including commuters and However it is for this reason that the BCOT as a cost free car park. There disabled resident has requested a has been an increase in parking in disabled parking bay. The provision of the area recently due to homes a dedicated disabled bay may restrict being rented as individual rooms and parking opportunities for others. employees of the businesses in the However, in these circumstances, to area. not provide a bay could mean that the disabled person has to park some b. Additional cars have increased the distance from their property. It is also pressure for parking especially at highly probable that the disabled weekends and in the evening. We person requesting the bay already feel concerned about the security of parks a car within the road in much the our vehicle when it is parked out of same location. Whilst this bay would our sight. be restricted to blue badge holders the c. Our garage is often blocked. actual location has been carefully chosen to minimise the impact on other d. Is there a need for a disabled road users and the overall net loss of parking space in Queens Road? parking. b. The objector does have a garage and this could be used if they are concerned about the security of their
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It has been brought to Officers attention that the applicant has since moved and the proposed bay is no longer required. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Do not implement a disabled parking bay at this location

APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) vehicle. c. The Highway Code suggests that parking should not occur where it may cause an obstruction and the Police can take action if an offence is taking place. The objector can contact Hampshire Constabulary’s Switch Board to report any cases of obstruction. Any local sign manufacturer would also be happy to supply and fit a sign asking vehicles not to park in front of the garage. d. The bay has been requested by a blue badge holder who lives in close proximity to the proposed bay. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with implementation of the advertised parking controls. 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after implementation. 4 Gainsborough Road (1 letter received) a. By installing the proposed bays the parking problem will become worse. We need more parking. b. The applicants are not disabled themselves but have disabled partners or mothers; who are under the impression that they can use the bays as allocated parking. c. The disabled bays will be used infrequently. d. None of the disabled residents can drive so the bays will be used illegally and who will enforce this? e. All the disabled people in the road are able to walk to the shop so surely they do not need a parking bay. a. The Council has adopted assessment criteria for prioritising requests for additional parking facilities in residential roads. These have been applied to 375 roads and funding has been made available for parking solutions in the top 25 roads. Gainsborough Road is ranked 4th and the Council is currently investigating options to provide additional parking places within Gainsborough Road. This is still in the early stages but from recent site visits there does appear to be options for creating a number of extra spaces within this locality. On this basis these two projects should be taken forward in tandem which will allow the proposed disabled parking bays to be implemented at the same time as any 'new build' solutions thereby hopefully removing the potential loss of parking for nondisabled motorists. It should be noted Officer response

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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response that this Traffic Regulation Order proposes to revoke an existing disabled parking bay in this vicinity as well as introduce two new disabled bays. This will result in the loss of just one parking space. It is also highly probable that the disabled people requesting the bays already park a car within the road in much the same location. Whilst these bays would be restricted to blue badge holders the actual locations have been carefully chosen to minimise the impact on other road users and the overall net loss of parking. b. The applicants for the disabled parking bays meet the Council’s criteria and are disabled badge holders. c. It is common practise to monitor all Traffic Regulation Orders three-six months after implementation; if it is found that these disabled bays are not used there removal could be considered. d. The applicants or a permanent resident of the applicant’s home is in possession of a driving license and own a car. Blue Badge holders do not need to drive or own a car themselves to have a badge but must be in the vehicle at the time it is parked in a disabled bay. It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a Blue Badge; if they do, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000. Misuse of a Blue Badge may also result in the badge being withdrawn. e. The Blue Badge scheme is to allow people with permanent and severe walking disabilities and blind people to park a vehicle near to their required destination. Only those who would otherwise be incapable of getting to shops, public buildings or other places
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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response are eligible to receive a badge under the scheme. In all cases entitlement depends on the applicant’s ability to walk. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with the proposed disabled parking bays but defer implementation until the additional parking bays have been installed, which will be in this financial year. 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after implementation. 5 Coronation Road (1 letter received) a. Would it be possible to move the disabled space to the end of a section of parking? This would cause less disruption to the parking at the moment and actually make it easier for people using the space to park. a. The space is proposed to be located as close as is practical to the disabled applicant’s home. Moving the disabled bay would mean the applicant would have to travel some distance to their home which may be of no benefit to the applicant. It could also mean if a space was available nearer to the disabled applicants home the disabled bay would not be used and the space ‘sterilised’ when not in use by another disabled person. It is highly probable that the disabled person requesting the bay already parks a car within the road in much the same location. Whilst this bay would be restricted to blue badge holders the actual location has been carefully chosen to minimise the impact on other road users and the overall net loss of parking. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with implementation of the advertised parking controls. 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after implementation.

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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref 6 Summary of comment(s) Warton Road (2 letters received) a. Other disabled residents cope without a parking space. b. There are currently 8 spaces for residents; the proposal would leave just 7. Making the existing parking problems worse. c. The problem can be resolved by creating more parking spaces on the green space and allocating one for disabled badge holders. d. There are several families in the road, some of whom will be reaching driving age soon creating more demand for parking. a. Blue badge holders have a range of disabilities, some may be able to cope without a space; others however may have disabilities that mean the use of a disabled bay makes travelling a little easier. b. It is acknowledged that the demand for parking in this area of Warton Road is high and that the provision of a dedicated disabled bay may restrict parking opportunities for others. It has been noted by Officers that the applicant for this bay currently parks beside the proposed disabled parking bay. In this instance Hampshire County Council Highways have agreed to construct a hard standing where the applicant currently parks. The new parking space will be dedicated as a disabled bay. Moving the proposed bay one space northwards would overcome the objectors concerns whilst still being a benefit to the disabled applicant. As this is a minor change it is not considered necessary to formally re-advertise the proposal. However, it is recommended that the amendment be drawn to the attention of neighbours offering them further opportunity to comment. The cost of this would be met from Hampshire County Council Highways. This is shown at Appendix 4. c. See response to 8b above RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Construct a hard standing marked as a disabled persons parking place, where the applicant currently parks to overcome the objection. This should be installed during this financial year. 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after
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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response implementation.

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Tasmania Close (1 letter received) a. It is a shame when the new development was built the opportunity was not taken to improve parking in the road. b. The green area used to be used for parking until a fence was erected. c. It won’t be easy having no where to park and to see a vacant bay we cannot park in.

a. The Council has adopted assessment criteria for prioritising requests for additional parking facilities in residential roads. These have has been applied to 375 roads and funding has been made available for parking solutions in the top 25 roads. This will ensure that parking solutions at those roads with the highest priority score are implemented first. Tasmania Close is ranked 84th, and parking solution for this road would not be investigated until solutions have been found for those roads ranked higher. b. Vehicles should not park on public open space, parking on such areas not only provides a nuisance to other users but is a safety and maintenance issue. The fence was installed to prevent such parking. c. It is acknowledged that the demand for parking in Tasmania Close is high and that the provision of a dedicated disabled bay may restrict parking opportunities for others. However, in these circumstances, to not provide a bay could mean that the disabled person has to park some distance from their property. It is also highly probable that the disabled person requesting the bay already parks a car within the road in much the same location. Whilst this bay would be restricted to blue badge holders the actual location has been carefully chosen to minimise the impact on other road users and the overall net loss of parking. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with implementation of the advertised parking controls.

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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response 2. Monitor the implemented parking controls three to six months after implementation. 8 Tobago Close (1 letter received) a. No objection to the proposed disabled parking bay, but concerned that parking problems will occur unless spaces either side are marked out. b. The existing disabled parking bay brought problems as when the applicant goes out he moves his 2 vehicles around leaving the disabled space empty for his return, therefore always having 2 spaces c. Insufficient parking in the road. Could the grass areas be converted to provide more parking? d. There are 3 blue badge holders on this side of the road. a. The parking spaces either side of the proposed disabled parking bay will be marked out when the bay is implemented. b. The applicant is not causing any offence by moving his vehicles. This area of Tobago Close is public highway and parking is not allocated but available on a first come first served basis. c. The Council has adopted assessment criteria for prioritising requests for additional parking facilities in residential roads. These have been applied to 375 roads and funding has been made available for parking solutions in the top 25 roads. This will ensure that parking solutions at those roads with the highest priority score are implemented first. Tobago Close is ranked 354th and parking solutions for this road would not be investigated until solutions have been found for those roads ranked higher. d. The proposed disabled parking bay will not be allocated to any one individual but will be available for any blue badge holder. A request for a further bay has already been received and will be subject to further consultation and inclusion in a future order. If there are still not a sufficient amount of disabled parking bays in the road it may be possible to provide additional spaces. RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with implementation of the advertised parking bay and mark out the adjacent spaces 2. Monitor the implemented parking
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APPENDIX 2 DISABLED PERSONS’ PARKING PLACES TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER SUMMARY OF COMMENTS Ref Summary of comment(s) Officer response controls three to six months after implementation.

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Sherborne Road (1 letter received) a. Support the proposal to remove the existing disabled bay as it has never been used.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: 1. Proceed with removal of the existing parking bay.

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