THE PROPOSED RESIDENTS’ PARKING SCHEME (RPZ)
The City has circulated 50,000 copies of the RTZ consultation paper and questionnaire. If you haven’t received your copy, download it from http://tinyurl.com/6h5ydx or get a copy from the Planning Department at Brunel House.
KCG’s Committee discussed the RPZ at their committee meeting on the 22nd July and believe that they must say what they think about the proposals.
Years ago the City proposed to extend the Central Controlled Parking to include Kingsdown. Kingsdown’s residents then held divided opinions. The City said that the majority of residents voted to accept the scheme, which did not proceed. We don’t need to tell you how since then, residents’ parking problems have grown worse; year on year. Now, there are many more houses in multiple-occupation, more students’ cars and saturation commuter parking.
Cars park on pavements and damage them. Cars park on corners and make them impassable. Parked cars block streets. Some weeks the refuse is not collected because parked cars make a street impassable. Last year, a Fire Service tender couldn’t drive down Somerset Street to fight a house fire.
If the RPZ proceeds, KCG will do all that it can to ensure that the implementation is done sensitively without damage to the setting of the conservation area by a plethora of signs and yellow lines.
DOING NOTHING ISN’T ANY LONGER AN OPTION.
OPINIONS MAY STILL BE DIVIDED, BUT OPPONENTS OF THE PLAN TO GIVE KINGSDOWN RESIDENTS PARKING PRIORITY OWE IT TO EVERYONE TO PUT FORWARD AN ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL.
IN 2009 THE PARKING CHAOS WILL BE EVEN WORSE THAN TODAY.