Review of parking restrictions continues

An update on Swindon Borough Council’s review of parking restrictions in East Wichel suggests they may allow parking on East Wichel Way but add restrictions in mews areas and ban parking of larger vehicles.

Scorhill Lane with parked cars
An email to residents from Councillor Nadine Watts says the Council’s Highways department intend to run a drop-in session on revised parking restrictions in late March 2017. This is not yet confirmed as the changes are still being worked on.

Since January the council have measured road widths across East Wichel to see where additional parking spaces could be provided. Detailed measurements are needed to assess whether additional spaces would comply with regulations on access, turning space for larger vehicles, and visibility. This means that, for example, additional spaces would not be proposed:

  • within 10 metres of a junction;
  • immediately adjacent to or opposite a driveway;
  • immediately adjacent to or opposite a mews entry/exit;
  • on any road that’s less than 5.5 metres wide.

All roads across the area are being considered, including East Wichel Way. The original planning permission for East Wichel specified East Wichel Way as a “Sustainable Transport Artery” including bus priority measures and traffic restrictions. East Wichel Way has now been measured up in the same way as other roads. But the council still needs to assess the impact on bus services of allowing parking in East Wichel Way.

The council’s highways team is also reviewing two possible extensions to the parking restrictions:

  • to include the mews areas, and
  • to include a weight limit.

Any changes to the parking restrictions will require changes to the Traffic Regulation Orders that give the current restrictions legal authority. These would have to be formally advertised and have a statutory consultation. Until then, what the council calls proportionate enforcement is continuing following the approach adopted in December, i.e. cars will not be ticketed unless they are causing an obstruction or parked dangerously.