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.

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Local Resident
Local Resident
Friday, 17 March 2017 09:57

How is this fair?: So all of the people that bought their houses without considering how big their car was in comparison to the garage, the people that did not fully discuss/take note of what their solicitor informed or the solictor not doing their job correctly by declaring the Design Code and all the people that have too many cars for their personal spaces are all getting their way and the people that purchased in this area that did the right thing by fully consulting with their solicitors regarding the Design Code are all going to lose out by not… Read more »

Re-Designed Code!!
Re-Designed Code!!
Friday, 24 March 2017 15:07

So the Design Code goes out the window!
Does this mean that there will be double-yellow lines around the estate to indicate the restrictions “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”?
Was really hoping that this area would be different 🙁

wichelstowe resident
wichelstowe resident
Friday, 24 March 2017 15:24

Please can Wichelstowe residents be aware and considerate of the Highway Code (Waiting and Parking) from the Department for Transport;
Rule 244

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

Law GL(GP)A sect 15

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