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Conservatives address residential car parking crisis

 

Conservatives are delivering survey forms to residents in the Western parts of Kingsmead Ward after fielding a large number of complaints about inconsiderate car parking.

Conservative candidate for Bath Ben Howlett and Kingsmead Ward candidate Malcolm Cupis have found that St John's Road is one of the worst to suffer

Conservative candidate for Bath Ben Howlett and Kingsmead Ward candidate and Editor of the Bath Mercury Malcolm Cupis have found that St John’s Road is one of the worst to suffer

The complaints have come from a significant number of residential streets, including Audley Avenue, St Michael’s Road, St John’s Road, Hungerford Road, Edward Street, Audley Park Road, Badminton Gardens, Locksbrook Road and Ashley Avenue.

“We’ve been out to assess the issues and discovered that many people are arriving early in the morning and parking in these narrow residential streets all day before heading off either into Bath or to the Royal United Hospital,” says Kingsmead Conservative Candidate Chris Pearce. “Unfortunately the growing numbers involved mean that demand for parking space is outstripping supply and the result is that the narrow streets are becoming very congested, some people park inconsiderately, parking on pavements, blocking driveways and accesses and increasingly there are concerns over access for emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles and services. Unsurprisingly the residents are rapidly getting fed up with the situation.”

The survey form delivered to homes in the area points out three possible solutions. “In talking to the residents we have found that many of them perceive that the problem has arisen since the charges and restrictions were introduced in Victoria Park and large numbers feel that this scheme has been a failure and that it should simply revert to how it was before,” says fellow Conservative candidate and Editor of the Bath Mercury Malcolm Cupis. “It isn’t surprising that residents are angry when they see their streets filled up whilst the park sits completely empty, not making any money because nobody parks there. I’ve personally witnessed people parking in these streets in the morning, taking bicycles out of their cars and pedalling off into the city for the day.

Malcolm and Ben make the point that Victoria Park is meanwhile completely empty for long periods of time, is raising no money from parking and has driven drivers onto the surrounding residential streets

Malcolm and Ben make the point that Victoria Park is meanwhile completely empty for long periods of time, is raising no money from parking and has driven drivers onto the surrounding residential streets

“The other options are for limited parking hours in the streets or for a residents parking scheme, such as they have in nearby Coronation Road and Tennyson Road. We have found that the residents are invariably against these because they often have more than one vehicle themselves that they might want to park outside their homes, they don’t want to pay for a residents scheme and they are concerned about the inconvenience for visitors.”

Changes to the car parking at the Hospital are also believed to have contributed to the problem. “We are concerned that the hospital has lost more parking spaces recently and that nearby residents have to bear the burden of this,” says Chris Pearce. “We think that the hospital should look again at having a multi-storey car park built, as they have successfully at Musgrove Park in Taunton, so that there is considerably more provision available for patients, visitors and staff on the hospital site.”

Anybody in the affected area who has not had a form but who would like one can arrange to receive one by emailing Malcolm.cupis@bathconservatives.com

 
 
 

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