At the community meeting on Wednesday evening, council officers said they had found 15 extra spaces to be made available once parking restrictions are introduced in East Wichel. Although the decision on whether restrictions will go ahead lies with the relevant Swindon Council cabinet member, the council officers expect that the proposals to restrict parking will be approved, as East Wichel has been built following national planning guidance that required narrow streets. All 120 responses to the council’s consultation will be included in the report sent to the cabinet member.
Although Taylor Wimpey, as developer and land owner, could apply for planning permission to make more parking space available, they have declined to do so. As is traditional, although invited nobody from Taylor Wimpey attended the meeting.
With the extra spaces, the total number of parking places in East Wichel will be 134. If approved, parking restrictions would be implemented some time after the council elections in May.