Parking driving residents round the bend in Cheswick Village
Published on: 15 Nov 2017
By Rebecca Day
SOUTH Gloucestershire and Bristol councils need to work together to solve our ongoing parking issues.
This is the call from Cheswick Village residents who are growing increasingly frustrated with commuter parking in the area.
They say that it is drivers from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and University of the West of England (UWE) causing the problems, but feel that South Gloucestershire and Bristol councils are doing little to tackle the problem.
Roads with particularly problematic parking include Long Down Avenue, where commuters have been spotted parking on double yellow lines, Danby Street, Leader Street, Long Wood Meadows, Wider Mead, Great Copsie Way, Lawn Close, Home Leas and other adjoining roads.
South Gloucestershire Council told the Filton Voice that it is in conversation with Bristol City Council about various parking issues in the area.
They add that the double yellows in Long Down Avenue have now been refreshed and the road is being monitored by enforcement officers.
In addition, the council has also received funding from developers to investigate and implement waiting restrictions in parts of Cheswick that are not covered by a scheme.
Restrictions have already been implemented in The Bowery and Wood Mead areas, which include limited waiting bays to deter all-day parking.
Residents say that these restrictions have pushed parking issues further into the estate.
Rebecca Nutt told the Filtonvoice: “MOD parking is getting really silly now. They are parking on double yellows down Long Down Avenue, it’s really dangerous. Eleven were parked on a bend as I went past, with construction traffic trying to get through with difficulty.”
Katherine Hill said: “Recent double yellow lines and school bay restrictions mean the entrance into Leader Street then leading left into Long Wood Meadows has become ridiculous with the most thoughtless parking - regularly on a blind bend corner on LWM forcing cars onto the wrong side of the road! An accident is only a matter of time.”
Lloyd Anderson said: “The other end of Hermitage Wood Road, on the junction with Danby Street, is also a car park every working day. It has definitely become worse since restrictions were put in elsewhere.”
Mark O’Grady said: “Personally I think if they limited parking to two hours between 10am and 3pm they would tackle 90% of the problem and not impact the majority of residents or visitors.”
Kate Marks told the Filtonvoice that there is a “complete lack” of joint working between SGC and BCC.
She said: “Cheswick has been developed as a self-contained village, straddling two local authorities, but their parking policies are in conflict.
“The overarching Joint Local Transport Plan has two specific sections that should be being applied to Cheswick – meeting local circumstances and introducing or expanding Residents Parking Schemes in areas which suffer from commuter parking.”
Claire Randall said: “The lack of a well thought out, joined up, cross boundary strategy to tackling parking issues is just creating more issues and moving the problems round the estate.
“Simple application of double yellow lines is ill conceived, short sighted and has no longevity.”
Lee Parker said: “We don’t have any problems, but we bought a house with enough car parking spaces for us plus visitors. Just a thought.”
Local councillor Trevor Jones told the Filtonvoice: “I have spent many hours consulting with residents on the detail of all traffic regulation proposals as they have been brought forward.
“Implemented schemes are visited regularly by the council and I can report that a significant number of parking tickets have been issued in recent weeks.
“The updated Residential Parking Standards policy only supports schemes when ‘Normally, 50% of dwellings have no off street parking, i.e. a garage and/or driveway available for one or more vehicles’. ‘Normally’ was inserted so that in the event that an area falls just above the 50% it could still be considered. I would anticipate that parking on all areas of the Cheswick development significantly exceed that policy stipulation.
“Home Leas’ parking scheme is close to agreement, consultations with residents on schemes for the more recently developed phases will follow once funding has been received from the developer. As always I am happy to discuss concerns with residents at any time.”
A South Glos Council spokesperson said: “Double yellow lines on Long Down Avenue have recently been refreshed and are being enforced by our parking enforcement officers.
“A waiting restriction scheme has recently been introduced in The Bowery and Wood Mead area, and includes limited waiting bays to deter all-day parking by students.
“In addition, we have recently received developer funding for the investigation and implementation of waiting restrictions in parts of the Cheswick development that are not currently covered.
“As Cheswick sits so close to the border with Bristol, we are in conversation with Bristol City Council about the parking issues in the area.
“Our sustainable travel team continues to work with both MoD and UWE on various initiatives to reduce the level of single occupancy vehicle commuting.”
Nigel England, Community Liaison Manger at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), said: “The university takes its civic responsibility very seriously indeed and listens to and works with local communities.
“We have consulted with people living on Cheswick estate and worked in partnership with residents, local councillors and South Gloucestershire Council.
“The university has funded a traffic regulation order that has now been installed that has helped to reduce parking issues.”
James Morvan, Travel Plan Project Officer at UWE Bristol, said: “In recent years we have invested in walking and cycling routes through campus, high quality cycling facilities and helped establish a comprehensive bus network that also benefits the community.
“Our travel surveys indicate a large uptake in sustainable travel and a significant reduction in car journeys to campus.”
A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The council recently advertised proposed parking restrictions in the vicinity of the care home on Hatton Road. These restrictions were proposed to address concerns raised by residents through the developer on inconsiderate and unsafe parking. This work was funded by the development prior to adoption by the city council.
“We are currently considering the objections that were raised through this process prior to determining a way forward with the scheme, whilst continuing to work with our neighbours.”