Requests for changes to parking restrictions are dealt with in one of three ways.
- Phases of the Parking Action Plan - individual locations in different parish/towns across the Borough are grouped together for consideration.
- Access driven amendments - minor alterations to accommodate changes to the Highway, new dropped kerbs and Disabled Persons Parking Bays.
- Parking Reviews - whole areas, such as a parish or large section of a town that have complex parking issues are dealt with as Area wide parking reviews.
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.
Phases of the Parking action plan
There is a current phase (Phase 11) and a holding list for future phases.
Current Phase - 11
- A list of locations recommended for consideration in Phase 11 (2019/20) was considered by councillors at the Joint Tranportation Board 11 March 2019, as part of the Parking Action plan Item, where they agreed that the locations be taken forward for investigation and informal consultation.
- Site investigation - complete
- Phase 11 was also reported to the Joint Transportation Board meeting 10 June 2019 as part of the Parking Update Item.
- Informal consultation with immediate frontagers of the proposed changes, parish/town councils and borough councillors is taking place from 28 June 2019. The closing date for comments, which must be in writing, is 21 July 2019. Plans of the proposed charges are shown below.
- Responses to the informal consultation are planned to be reported to the September 2019 meeting of the Joint Transportation Board. If proposals are agreed by the Joint Transportation Board the proposals will be taken to a wider consultation, open to all to comment later in the year.
Informal consultation plans
- Borough Green, Platt and Wrotham
- East Malling & Larkfield
- East Peckham
- Walderslade and Blue Bell Hill
- West Malling
Holding list for future Phases
The current list of sites for the 'holding list' for future phases of the Plan was reported to the March 2019 meeting of the Board and was also included in the Joint Transportation Board meeting 10 June 2019 as part of the Parking Update Item. Any new requests are added to the bottom of the holding list ensuring the selection of schemes is fair and there is no ‘jumping the queue'.
Access driven amendments
The nine locations in Access Group 2 are being processed as Amendment 28 to the Traffic Regulation Order. Consultation on the intention to make Amendment 28 to the Traffic Regulation Order is taking place from 28 June 2019 until 21 July 2019.
Amendment 28 documents
- Notice in local press
- Proposed Order
- Statement of Reasons
Area wide parking reviews
Kings Hill, Hildenborough and Hadlow have parking issues which are more complex, and will progress as area wide parking reviews. These were reported to the Joint Transportation Board meeting 10 June 2019 as part of the Parking Update Item.
- Proposals for changes to parking restrictions must not compromise safety or our commitment to deal with identified safety concerns.
- 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.
- 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.