Parking: New ‘no waiting’ zones could come into force

New parking restrictions in North Somerset could mean residents may no longer be able to park outside their own homes.

Residents of the area, which includes Long Ashton, Portishead, Portbury and Pill, may see ‘no waiting’ zones come into force on both residential and non-residential streets.

The proposals, suggested by North Somerset Council, could lead to double yellow lines being painted outside people’s homes to deter traffic and congestion. This means if someone does need to use the space outside their property, they could be heavily fined.

In Long Ashton, restrictions will be put in to place in the Bramley Copse cul-de-sac, as well as along a bend at the Long Ashton Road junction with Ashton Road.

Proposals to restrict parking around Bramley Copse in Long Ashton may mean this car could no longer park here. Is this fair? Tell us in the comments below.
Proposals to restrict parking around Bramley Copse in Long Ashton may mean this car could no longer park here. Is this fair? Tell us in the comments below.

“More restrictions could be a good thing”

One local business owner, Davide Lattuca of Long Ashton Barbering Co., has mixed feelings on the proposals.

He said: “The parking here is very limited. It’s quite a narrow street and we’ve only got a short parking bay so it can be quite difficult for clients to park here at ease. We do often get clients complaining that they can’t get a space.”

“More restrictions could actually be a good thing for us – we have a sign that says maximum wait of one hour but no one abides it.”

“More restrictions could actually be a good thing for us – we have a sign that says maximum wait of one hour but no one abides it.”

“In the five years I’ve been working at the shop, I’ve never seen a parking attendant stop these people.”

For this reason he explains that he sees waiting restrictions as useful in certain areas, particularly business areas, although such zones in residential places may force locals back into the bay.

Portishead will suffer heavy alterations, particularly on Lower Burlington Road and Newfoundland Way. ‘No waiting at any time’ restrictions will be brought in on Down Road, while Downleaze will see ‘no waiting between 9am-5pm’. These proposals could help curb high levels of traffic generated by parents from Highdown Infant and Junior School using such side roads to pick up children.

Do we have the right to park outside our homes?

The move may spark a bigger debate among residents whether a homeowner should always be able to park outside their property. Although homeowners own their house (and its driveway and front garden where applicable), they do not own the road outside their own homes. Therefore it is up to the local council to choose how to enforce parking restrictions on the roads.

In a statement from the British Parking Association, Joanna Audley-Charles said: “People often have the expectation that they can park outside their own homes – an Englishman’s home is his castle, but the road outside is not part of the estate. Motorists do not pay directly for the roads as they are paid for via general and local taxation.”

“This perception is increased if there is a paid for parking permit which suggests it reserves a space outside their home, but this is not the case.

“It would be difficult to manage and enforce and the scheme is only applicable to certain roads or parts of roads.”

Residents of the affected areas have until 29 March to object to the proposals.

UWE Wired approached North Somerset Council who declined to comment.

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