Find out if parking restrictions could be coming to your road in Chichester

Parking problems on Bostock Road in Chichester, where new parking restrictions are planned
Parking problems on Bostock Road in Chichester, where new parking restrictions are planned

A MAJOR rethink of the city’s on-street parking will be considered after an admission recent changes have caused ‘displacement’ and ‘safety’ issues.

Chichester’s county councillors will meet next week to discuss further amendments after problems emerged from last year’s changes to a number of roads around the city.

You can find out the proposed changes to a number of roads around Chichester, which have been recommended by officers, below.

A joint report by West Sussex County Council’s top transport officers found more restrictions were ‘beneficial for many residents’.

However, it added: “An inevitable consequence has been that a large number of vehicles have displaced into other unrestricted roads, either because they offer free long-term parking or because there are fewer opportunities 
to use off-street car parks.”

It said the vehicles often belonged to commuters but could be shoppers, local workers or residents who were ‘unwilling or unable to pay for parking’, said the report.

It added: “In many cases, this displaced parking has led to access, safety and visibility problems, with residents and other vehicles such as refuse lorries, as well as pedestrians, unable to manoeuvre easily.”

The council ran a public consultation earlier this year on bringing in more double-yellow lines in the city, such as around Barnfield Drive, Baxendale Road, Bostock Road, Graylingwell Drive and Palmers Field – some of the worst affected roads following last year’s changes.

It has, however, been forced to scale back these plans after objections received from the public. It is now planning to drop the double line plans on the western side of Palmers Field Avenue, and the southern side of Barnfield Drive.

The council’s south Chichester county local committee meets on Tuesday, where it can approve the recommendations.

It can also downgrade proposed double lines to single lines, or take no action.

Proposed amendments under Option 1, which officers have recommended approving.

SU8504SES

Canal Place - Extend existing parking bay westwards to western end of the road.

Reasoning – to maximise parking capacity by enabling resident to park across their own driveway.

SU8505NES

Woodlands Lane - Revert residents’ parking bay at southern end back to double yellow lines. Reasoning – to prevent congestion at the junction with Little Breach and complement the visibility improvements already made as part of the new pedestrian improvement scheme.

SU8505SEN

Cavendish Street – Revert disabled bay outside No 15 back to residents’ parking bay. Reasoning – bay no longer required.

Orchard Avenue – Introduce additional residents’ parking bay opposite Avenue Approach. Reasoning – to compensate for proposed loss of bay opposite Denison Court (see below).

SU8505SES

Orchard Avenue – Revert residents’ parking bay back to double yellow lines opposite Denison Court. Reasoning – to enable access to private garage.

SU8604NES

Quest Close – Based on an objection raised by a resident, it is recommended that the proposal for double yellow lines at the junction with Ormonde Avenue be retained whilst that for a single yellow line in the remainder of Quest Close is dropped.

This would enable residents/visitors to park during the daytime but would prevent inconsiderate/dangerous parking at the junction.

This modification has been agreed with the resident and the objection has been resolved. This modification to the proposal would not need to be re-advertised.

SU8604NWN

Eastgate Square – Amend existing loading bay restrictions. Reasoning – to provide an overnight pick up/drop off point for taxis.

SU8604NWN

St John’s Street – Despite an objection being raised by a resident, it is recommended that the proposal for double yellow lines be retained. Not only can loading/unloading still take place on double yellow lines but parking by shoppers etc would also be prevented overnight and on Sundays, thereby improving access and visibility.

This modification has been agreed with the resident as well as the New Town

Residents Association and the objection has been resolved.

SU8604NWS

St John’s Street – as above.

Friary Lane - Based on an objection raised by a resident, it is recommended that the proposal for double yellow lines be dropped and the existing arrangements retained.

This modification has been agreed with the resident and the objection has been resolved.

SU8604SEN

Whyke Lane - Revert redundant disabled bay outside No 63 back to residents’ parking bay and convert existing single yellow line outside Jubilee Mews to double yellow lines. Reasoning - to prevent inconsiderate parking and improve access. Also, bay no longer required.

SU8604SWN

Cawley Road – Make existing single yellow line ‘except Bank Holidays’.

Reasoning – to provide overspill parking for church services.

Stirling Road - Introduce new Car Club parking bay to the north of Barford Road.

Reasoning – to ensure a permanent location for Co Wheels vehicle

Zone F – Amendment to zone boundary in south west corner. Reasoning – administrational.

SU8605NEN

Barnfield Drive/Baxendale Road/Bostock Road/Graylingwell Drive/Palmers Field Avenue – Based on comments raised by some residents, it is recommended that the following lengths of proposed double yellow lines be dropped:

• The western side of Palmers Field Avenue, from just north of Barnfield Drive until the traffic build out.

• The southern side of Barnfield Drive, immediately west of Palmers Field Avenue and the layby.
It is recommended that the remaining proposed lengths be retained in the interests of improving access and visibility. This modification to the proposal would not need to be re-advertised.

An alternative option could be to downgrade some or all of the proposed double yellow lines to a single yellow line, thus enabling overnight and Sunday parking. This modification would require a re-advertisement.

SU8605SEN

Spitalfield Lane – Despite an objection being raised by a resident, it is recommended that the proposal for double yellow lines be retained. Various concerns over vehicular access have been raised regarding this location since vehicles began parking here and parking opportunities would still be available to the east (opposite Lime Close) or in the existing RPS in Lennox Road.

SU8605SES

Green Lane – Introduce additional residents’ parking bay immediately south of Armadale Road and formalise existing disabled bay outside No 33. Reasoning – to make bay enforceable as well as improve parking opportunities for residents.

Litten Terrace - Introduce new Car Club parking bay to the east of No 15.

Reasoning – to ensure a permanent location for Co Wheels vehicle. 
St Pancras – Convert existing limited waiting bays at north-eastern end to shared use. Reasoning – to allow additional permit holders to park and make the best use of the road space.

SU8605SWS

North Street - Amend existing loading bay restrictions. Reasoning – to provide an overnight pick up/drop off point for taxis.

SU8606SES

Kidd Road/Palmers Field Avenue - Based on comments raised by some residents, it is recommended that the following lengths of proposed double yellow lines be dropped:

• A small section to the south of Kidd Road, thus enabling more vehicles to park on the slight bend.

• A small section to the south of Kingsmead Avenue, thus enabling more vehicles to park on the eastern side.

It is recommended that the remaining proposed lengths be retained in the interests of improving access and visibility. This modification to the proposal would not need to be re-advertised.

SU8704NWN

Florence Road – Formalise existing disabled bay. Reasoning – to make bay enforceable.

SU8704SWN

York Road – Introduce single yellow line on northern side. Reasoning - to prevent inconsiderate parking and improve access for residents as well as emergency/refuse vehicles.

SU8705NWS

Swanfield Drive - Extend existing double yellow lines eastwards towards and into Bradshaw Road. Reasoning - to prevent inconsiderate parking and improve access for residents as well as buses/refuse vehicles.

SU8705SWN

Spitalfield Lane – Despite an objection being raised by a resident further to the west, it is recommended that the proposal for double yellow lines at the eastern end of the road and into Westhampnet Road be retained in the interests of maintaining access and visibility

SU8705SWS

St Pancras – Convert existing limited waiting bays at north-eastern end to shared use. Reasoning – to allow additional permit holders to park and make the best use of the road space.

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