The Council’s Head of Transportation, Mr Abu Barkatoolah, has just written to some of us as follows:
“I have had a discussion with Cllr Dickson and Carolyn Dwyer (Director of Communities, Housing and Environment) and we note the sensitivity of the situation and the parking difficulties residents of both Fawnbrake Ave and Gubyon Ave are experiencing. We are sorry that you and other residents continue to experience parking problems.
“Cllr Dickson wrote to you and outlined a timescale for a proposal to include the two roads in the current CPZ. I understand that you and other residents are not satisfied with such timescale. Cllr Dickson has recently asked me to review the timeline and identify if the extension could be progressed sooner. I have looked at the activities the Council has to undertake to arrive at an agreed scheme and the duration of these activities.
“Unfortunately, these activities cannot be ignored and I have shortened some of the activities as far as practicable and I have set out a suitable timeline which is realistic and achievable given limited staff resources. The Council will also consider previous level of support when a public consultation is carried out.
|1. Public consultation ( this has to be carried out to seek the level of support in the streets outside of the new cpz, whilst it is not a legal process it remains good practice and provides evidence to progress to the next stage)||November 2013|
|2. Analysis, reporting and approval||December 2013/early January 2014|
|3. Statutory consultation ( this is the legal process which the Council has to carry out, this process may result in local objections and will require consideration and a decision made). We cannot advance on this work until we know the extent of the extension.||January 2014- March 2014|
|4. Implementation ( this will be through our funding allocation in 2014/15)||April 2014-May 2014|
“The council is committed to work with local residents to arrive at a solution to your on-going problems and unfortunately we cannot shorten the timeline. I will prioritise resources to embark on a consultation for November as per the above schedule and progress other activities. I can confirm that we have made an allocation through our capital programme to introduce an agreed scheme early in the new financial year and this fits within the timeline for completing all key activities.”
Comment: this is evidence that our lobbying is working.
But can we wait until next summer for the situation to be put right? We should continue to collect evidence of the damage caused to our streets and lives by the piece-meal implementation of the CPZ, as potential input to the ‘public consultation’ phase (next month).
Remember, it has not really come into effect (e.g. no ticket machines) , so the full impact may not be evident yet.