As a recently elected councillor, I find that parking is one of the top topics that people raise with me. Issues I have been dealing with both before the election and now are:
- unreasonable and dangerous parking by parents around one particular school in my ward
- lack of access for waste removal from homes due to inconsiderate parking in narrow residential streets
- Monday to Friday parking restrictions (single yellow lines) applying to Bank Holidays, not just working Mondays
- severe parking congestion in the evening in town centre streets – even those with a CPZ
- absence of turning space at the end of cul de sacs
What to do?
Some of these problems are matters of making information more widely available and better signposting: e.g. Mondays to Friday restrictions apply on Bank Holidays throughout Elmbridge. Or proactively letting diners know there is free evening parking available in Elmbridge car parks. These can be just 5 minutes away from their restaurant destination.
Taking it further
Some parking transgressions are due to lack of consideration or plain selfishness. The net result is that local people suffer at the hands of the inconsiderate!
When appeals for considerate behaviour fall on deaf ears, we need to explore what actions accountable authorities should take. And when this avenue is exhausted, we need to explore how the situation can be transformed.
Improvements in Weybridge
Over the following months your local Lib Dem councillors will be supporting local residents seeking improved CPZ timings in town centre streets. We will also be seeking to ensure that residents in narrow roads do receive bin collections, undisrupted by poor parking. And finally we will be exploring imaginative ways of securing clear pavements and safe parking around problem schools.