Whitchurch Close - Obstructive Parking Issues

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Dear Warrington Borough Council,

This request is about Whitchurch Close obstructive parking issues.

I refer to your notice and plan ERGE/TMRS/TRO/707 in respect of Whitchurch Close.

The notice states

“due to concerns from some residents regarding obstructive parking on the turning head between numbers 78 to 84 Whitchurch Close, it is felt necessary to implement waiting restrictions at that location. The extent of the proposal is detailed on the attached plan number ERGE/TMRS/TRO/707.

These restrictions are deemed justified as whilst parking on the public highway is acceptable where possible, it is a duty of the local highways authority to maintain access to it at all times. Due to increasing reports of obstruction from both residents and the local police, it is now felt necessary to proceed with restrictions in the form of double yellow lines for the extent shown on the attached plan”.

I request the following:

1. How many complaints regarding obstructive parking in this location have been made in; 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011?

2. What were the specifics of said complaints?

3. For each year please confirm how many complaints were from residents and how many were from the local police.

4. For each year please confirm how many complaints were from residents of Whitchurch Close and how many were from Ludlow Close.

5. Please confirm if the same person has made more than one complaint. If so, how many complaints were made by the same person.

6. How many parking tickets / fixed penalty notices have been issued by the council, if any, to obstructively parked cars on this area for the above years?

7. Who has felt it necessary to implement the waiting restrictions? Please provide details of minutes and internal correspondence on the issue.

8. Please provide details of what other proposals have been considered in the alternative to double yellow lines.

9. How much money has the council spent in the drafting / planning of these restrictions.

10. How much does the council anticipate the painting of the yellow lines will cost.

11. How many objections have been made to date in relation to the imposition of the double yellow lines?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Starch

FOI, Warrington Borough Council

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Eaves, Heather, Warrington Borough Council

Dear Mr Starch,

 

Further to your request for information please see below responses to your
questions:-

 

1. How many complaints regarding obstructive parking in this location have
been made in; 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011?

 

One complaint was made in 2016

 

2. What were the specifics of said complaints?

 

Obstructive parking by visitors to Woolston Park is blocking the turning
area and the access to a number of private driveways

 

3. For each year please confirm how many complaints were from residents
and how many were from the local police.

 

The complaint was made by a resident

 

4. For each year please confirm how many complaints were from residents of
Whitchurch Close and how many were from Ludlow Close.

 

The complainant lives on Whitchurch Close

 

5. Please confirm if the same person has made more than one complaint. If
so, how many complaints were made by the same person.

 

The complainant has made 1 complaint

 

6. How many parking tickets / fixed penalty notices have been issued by
the council, if any, to obstructively parked cars on this area for the
above years?

 

No parking tickets / fines have ever been issued by council operatives at
that particular location as there has never been any parking restrictions
in place to enforce

 

7. Who has felt it necessary to implement the waiting restrictions? Please
provide details of minutes and internal correspondence on the issue.

 

It is the council’s duty to allow safe vehicular access on the highway
first and foremost and whilst parking is a desirable advantage, it is not
a legal responsibility of the council to allow parking facilities on the
public highway. Where appropriate, highways are left unrestricted so that
on-street parking is permitted however, if road safety or access to the
highway is compromised, then the council has the justification to
intervene and introduce parking restrictions.

 

8. Please provide details of what other proposals have been considered in
the alternative to double yellow lines.

 

No other proposals have been considered other than a No Waiting at Any
Time restriction

 

9. How much money has the council spent in the drafting / planning of
these restrictions.

 

The proposal has been progressed as part of a batch of 20+ similar
proposals across the borough. The approximate cost of implementing this
particular proposal, should it go ahead, will be no more than £1,000

 

10. How much does the council anticipate the painting of the yellow lines
will cost.

 

The approximate cost for the council's road lining contractor to lay the
markings will be £100

 

11. How many objections have been made to date in relation to the
imposition of the double yellow lines?

 

No objections have been received to date in relation to this particular
proposal

 

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Kind Regards
Heather Eaves

Highway Technical Support Officer

 

Traffic Management, Road Safety & Highway Adoptions
Economic Regeneration, Growth & Environment Directorate
New Town House, Buttermarket Street
Warrington WA1 2NH

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