North of Milton Road parking: Frequently Asked Questions

From my meeting of 2017-10-04 I've created a list of questions and answers to common queries.  This isn't meant to be exhaustive, but is hopefully helpful to those who couldn't make the meeting.  I'll update it as new questions come in.

1. How have we got to here?




2. Will there be enough parking left to avoid people concreting overrgardens?


Virtually any parking control scheme will involve some reduction in the overall possible parking versus an uncontrolled scheme. For the draft officer plans there were calculations on h ow much parking would reduce by.


Obviously private individuals can always make alterations to their properties within planning constraints or restrictive covenants, and we cannot control that within this scheme.


3. How set in stone is the process? Can the areas be broken down into smaller sections?


The funding is available via the City Deal for the areas agreed via CJAC at this meeting:


Although zones 5 and 10 have been combined in this scheme, they can be split apart and dealt with seperately.


4. How many permits can households apply for?


Each household can apply for up to 3 permits. The policy allows for this maximum to be set lower for each scheme – i.e. a maximum of 2 permits or just 1.


5. Isn't Mulberry Close private? Do they get a say?


Officers are currently looking into this, the initial thought is that it isn't private.

Update 2017-10-14  As a result of this blog post, the chair of the close management company has been in contact and is providing documents to the County Council to confirm the roads are adopted. 

6. H-Bars in front of driveways – what are they, are they necessary?


Access protection markings, ‘H’ bars, mark the length of a dropped kerb. They help to make drivers aware of any access points which must not be obstructed. Parking a vehicle across a dropped kerb is classed as an obstruction and can be enforced by the Police.  A dropped kerb with ‘H’ bar can be again be enforced by the Police, but also  via the County Council at the homeowner request.

7. What happened to the double yellow lines at the end of hurst park avenue?


These have been implemented.


8. When whatever scheme is voted on, will councillors vote by majorty or conscience?


When this question was asked I was unsure whether to read into it or not – it's really hard to understand how any would vote with anything but conscience.


Personally though, I would be aiming to send any scheme to consultation ONLY when I was convinced it was both as fair as possible to all residents AND had majority support, which I why I refused to this for this scheme.


9. What else is going on across the City?


Multiple schemes are in progress across the City in line with the policy voted through at CJAC.


10. When does get to formal commmittes like North Area Committee?


The final decision on this will be made by Cambridge Joint Area Committee, though updates will be given to North Area Committee. When it gets to it, depends when it is sent to formal consultation, if it all, which is depedent on when and if residents can agree what they want.


11. How does this take into account new developments, many of which have no parking allocated?


Essentially it doesn't: the scheme can only be design with what is currently in place, although we can be mindful of what is in the pipeline locally, we can only deal with what we know about.


12. There are a number of mistakes on the draft plans, eg missing dropped kerbs. How can we be sure that County engineers are accurate?


Essentially there may be oversights in the process, not all maps available are up to date, but there will be multiple opportunities to check and double check before the final designs are given to contractors, in the event of a scheme going ahead.


13. What sort of parking controls can we have?


Parking controls can take many forms, but must be clear and unambiguous.


Some examples are:


a) No parking at any time (double yellow lines).


b) No parking at certain defined times (e.g. "No parking between 1pm – 5pm, Monday – Friday").


c) Parking for limited periods of time (e.g. "Parking for 3 hours; no return within 1 hour").


d) Combinations of b) and c) (e.g. "No parking between 10am – 5pm, maximum stay 3 hours, no return within 3 hours.".


14. What are you doing to discourage dropped kerbs?


Nothing specifically: but in order to drop a kerb, the County Council's permission is required.


15. Cost of scheme to residents?


If residents pay for permits, these cost in the region of £60-100 a year, but this will depend on the final design of whatever scheme is chosen.


If resients choose not to buy permits, the will pay nothing.


16. Can we have a zone like Silverwood Close or The VIE Estate


The problem with zones – which don't require lots of marked bays or lines, is that they need to be in a clearly definable area. The VIE is a new build estate with a legally definable freehold. Silverwood close is a cul de sac.


None of the roads in these zones fall into these categories.


17. Will everyone start parking on grass verges if controls are implemented?


Obviously we can't predict what people will do, but it is worth noting that controls apply to the whole 'carriageway' – the road and the pavement and any grass verges, so anyone parking on the latter can be enforced against.

18.  Will any scheme reduce the amount of available parking?  Why?

ANY form of controlled parking scheme will reduce the amount of space in which residents or non-residents can park.  The most obvious reason for this is that parking bays have to be a specific size and obviously when smaller vehicles park there is "wasted" space.


19.  Do we have to have marked lines? 

Unfortunately, yes:  the legal forms of parking controls are covered by a document called the Traffic Signs, signals and general directions manual

This prescribes various things - including the need to draw marked bays for residents schemes of set sizes.

20. What happens now?


My plan is to work with residents at the two planned workshops, and possibly more if needed, to see if a consensus opinion can be developed as to whether to go ahead with controls, and what those controls are.

To see how I've dealt with these projects before, please read these two documents:

 Mariner's Way

The VIE Estate

The situation is slightly complicated as zone 10 spans two other wards (Castle and Arbury) and both Councillors there wanted to press ahead, and still do. There could be a problem if they disagree with whatever proposals we come up with – but we can't tell that until we have some proposals.

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