Parking is back on the agenda in Hanover and Elm Grove after a sample survey indicated support for a controlled parking zone (CPZ) in some roads.
The Hanover and Elm Grove local action team (LAT) asked people in a handful of streets whether they would support residents parking to see whether a wider survey was required.
In streets between Islingword Road and Albion Hill, there was significant support – although north of Elm Grove, the opposite was true.
The LAT said the survey was done completely independently of the council, after several people brought up the issue.
In a blog post it said: “Some people were expressing a concern that the council might come back quite soon with another consultation on parking.
“Also in some areas people felt the parking has got worse as we are now surrounded by other controlled parking zones, and we are one of the few places people can park free for AMEX, shopping or put their second cars if they live in a parking zone.
“Other streets were not getting rubbish collected because of parking and some people could not use the pavement.
“The council are likely to be presenting ideas and proposals, but we felt it was better to come up with our own proposals “a residents plan” instead, if this is what residents want us to do.”
More surveys are now being carried out around the area, and if enough people express an interest, a working group could be put together to draw up a proposal.
The LAT said: “If the working group agree on a proposal this will then be double checked with residents and if residents support the ideas and wish us to present them to the council then we shall do so.
“We shall also ask all prospective council candidates to support the residents plan before the elections in May BEFORE they are voted in!”
The area was last consulted on a CPZ in 2010, when 75% of residents voted against the plans, making it one of only three areas in recent years to turn down a scheme.
The Craven Vale area recently voted against a parking scheme and the Hove Park area voted against about five years ago. The Poets Corner area also originally voted against a scheme back in 2003 but wanted the scheme the second time it was consulted.
Since the original Hanover and Elm Grove CPZ plans were turned down, there has been a crackdown on pavement parking on Elm Grove, and streets in Richmond Heights south of Hanover have been given residents parking.
Double yellow lines are due to be painted on a handful of junctions such as Montreal Street and Albion Hill.
New housing schemes for hundreds of students with little or no parking have also been approved at the London Road Co-Op, the old Buxtons furniture store on Ditchling Road opposite the Level and Circus Street.
If you would like to help with the ongoing survey, details are at the bottom of the blog post.
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