Restrictions need to be earlier

PUBLISHED: 12:03 15 November 2007 | UPDATED: 13:04 04 May 2010

ASSUMING my information is correct, the forthcoming new parking restrictions for Barton Square car park will not achieve what the traffic management committee has in mind. That is, if they are meant solely to deter train commuters from using it and inste

ASSUMING my information is correct, the forthcoming new parking restrictions for Barton Square car park will not achieve what the traffic management committee has in mind.

That is, if they are meant solely to deter train commuters from using it and instead diverting them to the new car park at Angel Drove.

The new parking limit of 90 minutes between 8am and 10am for all cars, instead of affecting train commuters who arrive much earlier, will affect commuters and residents who have no provision for parking.

This will turn the city's car parks and streets into chessboards with cars jostling for spaces and will affect all those residents who currently do have on-street parking as their streets will become crammed full of cars whose owners have had to vacate the car parks.

The reason that these measures are doomed to immediate failure is because most train commuters arrive at Barton Square well before 8.15am. For these restrictions to be effective, they would need to be in place from 6.15am.

This earlier time would eliminate the need to put in the costly scheme of parking permits for city commuters that they have found necessary to introduce alongside restrictions.

This additional scheme would be ongoing and an ongoing expense to operate and enforce and would cancel out any income from Angel Drove.

As it will be necessary to have a parking enforcer on site anyway, why not only monitor the new arrivals between the earlier times, restricted times? This would be far more practical, eliminating the need for permits for most of the city centre commuters, plus the need for residents to vacate the car park.

Under the committee's current proposals, the council is creating a monster. Is there any reason not to adjust the timings to suit the purpose and only monitor early morning arrivals?

S BLICKEM

Silver Street

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