An end seems to be finally in sight to the vacillation over proposed changes to waiting restrictions in Hempton Road.
South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Executive Member for Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment has announced that he intends to accept the unanimous decision of a residents’ meeting organised by Patchway Town Council last November.
The news comes after a consultation exercise in February 2011 yielded no overall majority view on possible changes to waiting restrictions in the road, where residents have for a long time complained about difficulties in accessing their properties as a result of on-street parking by non-residents.
A second consultation ran from 13th November to 2nd December last year, in which two further sets of proposals were presented by SGC. The results of that consultation are still be published but a note on the Council’s website reveals that “an objection has been raised against any introduction of waiting restrictions by a non-resident of Hempton Lane”.
However, a few days prior to the opening of the second consultation, Patchway Town Council organised a public meeting for residents of Hempton Lane at which it was unanimously agreed to support ‘option 2’, subject to a number of amendments.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of Patchway Community College and the local police beat team.
In a decision published earlier this month, the SGC Executive Member has now proposed that:
“… the scheme as advertised in January 2011 be implemented with the exception of a short length of proposed ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restriction opposite the school entrance and that the remaining waiting restrictions as agreed at the Town Council’s meeting on the 10th November 2011 be publicly advertised.”
Local member for Patchway Cllr Eve Orpen has responded:
“I hope that the agreement agreed with the residents, Town Council and the College is put into operation as soon as possible. This item has been a long time in the system, and it now time for it to be put into operation.”