Extra spaces found in council parking plan

Scorhill Lane with parked cars
One of the few streets in which extra parking spaces have been identified.
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.

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Whatever happened to restrictions being in place in December? Many residents have parking with their houses on driveways or in garages but appear to refuse to use it instead parking on the roads. The sooner the restrictions are implemented the better for everyone.

The idea of additional parking spaces being made available in East Wichel would definitely help once the restricted parking is implemented.

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The restrictions were delayed owing to the large number of people that responded to the consultation. Council consultations only rarely get as many responses as this one did.

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I agree the sooner the restrictions are introduced the better. There seem to be some very pretentious people living in Wichelstowe who believe that they can park where they want without any recourse. I’m fed up of being harassed by a neighbour who thinks they can disrupt and harass my life at any time and when they want. The irony is that they leave their drive clear and decide to park outside my house and then have the audacity to throw gestures at my family through our kitchen window to goad us into a response. Absolutely pathetic. But of course… Read more »

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Couldn’t agree more. Fundamentally I don’t have a problem with estates with people parking on the roads where they are wide enough to support it; unfortunately this estate is not and was designed that way from the outset.

Being harassed in the manner you describe is a disgrace; unfortunately I suspect you are not alone but suspect the majority in the same situation will keep quiet to keep the peace. I only hope that the council follows through with the original intention and implements the restrictions as soon as practicable.

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I would definitely like to see parking restrictions. I’ve just watched the neighbours move one of their cars from outside my house and replace it with another one! And still leave their drive empty.

How many cars does one family need? Last count was six….

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I agree that when the parking restrictions come into force it will be a good thing. I have had to put up with my neighbour and at times their friends parking either partially or completely blocking my driveway therefore making it impossible to drive on or off it. I have had the same neighbour at my front door harassing me because one of my family members has parked their car on the road outside his house. There are actually 5 cars in our family, 2 of which we park on the driveway. 1 on the road and the other 2… Read more »

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Chris Baker Just now · The law states you can park any where you like sensibly I.e. Not in front of Bus stops, Drive ways, Drop kerbs, Schools, Crossings. Any parking regulations applied and set up by development company’s can be only for 6 months unless reapplied via councils. See gov.com highways act. Looking at this report it’s the developers who have to put a application in for parking restrictions and none were at this meeting. It is illegal to errect any official sign without the high ways official notice etc see gov.com highways acts.. Extra spaces found in council… Read more »

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It is Swindon Borough Council that are requesting the restrictions, not the developers.

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No matter whom tries to stop me parking where I want to park be it Swindon council or the developers they will be breaking the highways law look it up at gov.com, we can park any where we like except if it’s causing obstructions to the emergency services or schools and narrow roads or on people’s drives. I own two houses in Wiltshire both with drives I park on them not the road as it’s logical, I invite people to park out side both houses as I simply do not mind at all, I think any one objecting to this… Read more »

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Local councils have significant delegated powers from central government in relation to parking, but yes, the circumstances in which they can restrict parking are much as you state. They are also the reasons which Swindon Borough Council gives for introducing parking restrictions in East Wichel: that according to government standards the roads are narrow and without the restrictions there would be a risk of obstruction to emergency vehicles. Note that the site you reference, gov​.com, is an American site on USA law. The site for the UK government is gov.uk and the highways code section on parking refers to the… Read more »

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East Wichel News – Thanks for the response to this quoting the relevant articles. When purchasing our house in East Wichel it was clearly highlighted to us that the estate would have the parking restrictions in place which we considered sensible. Sure, it’s a massive headache to those requiring multiple cars or with children with cars and so on but the answer then is simple, don’t purchase a house on an estate like this. After living on various estates throughout the country I know that parking is always going to be the most contentious of issues with people arguing over… Read more »

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The problem is too many people ask people to move not realiseing also they can’t walk very far, It also makes no sense when there are no cars parked there any way except my daughter’s and my car

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Agree totally. We should have had the restriction in place on day one. I was warned constantly by my house builder and solicitor that their would be no parking on the roads. Absolutely furious that every day I have to negotiate drivers who park so close to the road junctions its dangerous for all concerned. Residents bought houses knowing too well they wouldn’t have enough parking. Try getting under a coach house three or four times a day. No excuse why you cant do the same. I witnessed a fire engine trying to get around the roads the other day… Read more »