Fines threat to motorists over Kingsway parking problems
FINES are coming for motorists in an area where tensions are running high over parking spaces.
Even householders who are parked in their own spaces must soon show a permit in some areas of Kingsway.
It comes as police deal with more complaints from frustrated householders upset at parking problems.
When the Kingsway development on the former RAF Quegdeley site was given planning permission 10 years ago, Government planning guidance was for an average of 1.5 cars per home, and a light railway link was on the cards. But the railway plan was shelved and narrow roads and experimental double yellow lines mean there are few places to park in the area, which has 2,200 homes – soon to rise to 3,300.
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Michelle Hyde, of Trinity Estates, which manages part of Kingsway, said permits were set to be introduced for drivers so they could prove the car in their allocated off-road spot was using the right space.
"Some may not like it, but many people are calling for this – they are very frustrated that they can't park in their own spaces," she said. "We have had a lot of complaints about parking in the area."
She was unable to say how much the fine would be but said streets would be patrolled at random at any time.
County councillor Barry Kirby (Labour, Grange and Kingsway) said: "It's awful. Parking is really an issue. Every resident has a parking space, or more, depending on what came with their house. But if you get visitors, or your children grow up and need a car, or you have to be a two-car family, then there are bound to be problems."
Mr Kirby is contacting Trinity to see what can be done.
A police spokesman said although they knew of concerns, action could only be taken where a car was parked dangerously. They were focusing their efforts on dangerous parking at Kingsway School.
Neil Troughton, development co-ordination manager at Gloucestershire County Council, said when development at Kingsway was first agreed in 2003, Government requirements were that only 1.5 parking spaces were allowed per house.
"That included a garage as a parking space," he said. "This policy of restricting parking spaces is no longer in force and new development must now provide sufficient car parking to accommodate the local demand.
"We are working with developers on these older sites, including Kingsway, to re-assess parking and identify where more on-street or off-street communal parking spaces can be safely provided. We're also ensuring that developers provide sufficient car parking when new phases of building occur and we do our best to accommodate residents who want to provide additional parking spaces within their own land."
A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "We consult extensively and the county highways department will provide detailed advice and observations on parking, traffic management and related issues. The city council's planning committee will take all of these into account when arriving at their decisions."