Requests for changes to parking restrictions are dealt with in one of three ways.
- Parking Reviews - whole areas, such as a parish or large section of a town that have complex parking issues. There are three parking reviews under way, Kings Hill, Hadlow and Hildenborough, with a future review also programmed for Snodland.
- Phases of the Parking Action Plan - individual locations in different parish/towns across the Borough are grouped together for consideration.
- Minor amendments - to accommodate changes to the Highway, new dropped kerbs and Disabled Persons Parking Bays.
Locations for consideration are received from members of the public, parish councils, borough councillors, emergency services, other council services, and others.
A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) must be in place for parking restrictions to be enforceable. The process for making changes to a TRO involves statutory periods of advertising and consultation. Decisions on what locations proceed, or do not proceed, are made by councillors, who are elected representatives. These decisions are not made by council staff.
- Many parking problems are caused by too many vehicles for the available parking spaces, and in some circumstances there is little that can be done to alleviate the problems.
- It is the responsibility of each vehicle owner, not the local Council, to make safe, legal parking arrangements for their vehicle.
- There is no legal right to park on the public highway. The only statutory right is to 'Pass and Repass'.
- Parking on the public highway is normally tolerated unless there are good reasons why it should not be permitted, but it cannot be taken for granted.
- Proposals for changes to parking restrictions must not compromise safety or our commitment to deal with identified safety concerns
- Most parking restrictions mean that lines and signs on posts have to be installed.
- The public highway is for all road users, it cannot be restricted:
- to just residents and their visitors.
- so that only those that live in a house can park outside it.
- Everyone should comply with the Highway Code.