Thursday, 17 May 2012

Residents' Parking In The University And Hospital Area - Next Stage Of Consultation

During Autumn 2011 a questionnaire was sent to all households in Redlands and a consultation meeting was held at St Luke’s Hall as part of the University and Hospital Area Transport Study.

The main issues residents told us about related to congestion and parking, as well as vehicle speeds and the need for more pedestrian facilities in the area. We have also received many requests for a Residents’ Parking Scheme in individual streets across the whole area. We are now ready to offer a range of options to residents to see if you think they will help alleviate the issues raised.

The aim of any scheme would be to maximise the availability of on-street parking for residents, allow for other reasonable parking demands for visitors to the area, and minimise displacement of parking demand from one road to another. If a decision is taken to implement such a scheme, residents would receive their first permit free of charge.

To help get a clear understanding of your views and to develop a scheme which addresses the local issues you have raised, we would urge you to complete and return the Residents’ Parking Scheme questionnaire, which has been delivered in the last few days

If residents continue to say that they support the introduction of a Residents’ Parking Scheme, a formal consultation will follow in the summer to define how the scheme will work at an individual street level.

Councillors and officers will be available at a drop in event at: St Luke’s Hall, Erleigh Road on Friday 25th May between 2pm to 7pm to explain the proposals further and to answer any questions you may have. The enclosed consultation materials will also be available to view at the Civic Centre and online at: http://www.reading.gov.uk/council/Consultations/2012consultation
Please note, at this stage we are consulting on whether residents want a permit scheme introduced and which areas may also be suitable for pay and display. If a scheme is supported by residents, we will undertake further formal consultation about how it could work in individual streets.

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