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Broadway Area Parking Review Phase 2

5 November 2018

LRA's letter to residents
Also see late news below

A year ago, with few objections from residents, NEPP introduced residents’ parking controls in the roads nearest to Debden station/town centre. because residents were unable to find anywhere to park at the kerbside near their homes. Other parking was displaced into the surrounding roads.

The present draft Parking Order covers roads:

- where there is already a commuter-parking problem, where many residents want parking controls so they can park near their homes.

- nearby roads which don’t currently have a commuter-parking problem but which may suffer serious displacement – if so, NEPP could introduce parking controls here much faster than by starting afresh).

NEPP totally failed to explain this when they advertised the Order for objections - understandably, some residents were very upset by this.

LRA Cllrs will support residents in the outer streets who don’t want their roads included in the scheme - and residents who are already suffering serious commuter-parking.

NEPP’s intention is to impose permits (probably next spring) only where there is already a need, because residents cannot find curb-side parking near to their homes because of non-resident parking (commuters and others).

Non-residents’ vehicles will then be “displaced” into the surrounding roads.

In the current draft Order, NEPP has included the roads where this might happen.

However, we understand that NEPP does not intend to bring in residents permits in these roads unless non-residents’ vehicles are displaced into them and residents then find it hard to park near their homes (NEPP did not include this vital information in the letter they sent out).

Even so, LRA thinks that some of these roads (such The Lindens – see below) were  included unnecessarily.

In roads where there’s little or no commuter parking at present, LRA Cllrs will support residents if they decide they don’t want their road to be on NEPP’s list.

The final decisions will be made by NEPP but your LRA Cllrs will do their best to make sure residents’ views are respected.

And if in a couple of years’ time it turns out that some of these roads do have a commuter problem because commuters been displaced there by next spring’s new restrictions, then LRA will support residents in trying to get parking controls (if that’s what they then want).

Some residents want the whole of the parking Order to be scrapped. However, this would leave all the residents in roads where there is already a commuter-parking problem without any residents-only parking, and still unable to park anywhere near their homes.

NEPP proposals here (click on Epping Forest District Amendment 24).

For an example of the comparative costs for commuters, see here 

Late news: the District Council Portfolioholder, Cllr Sam Kane, with the advice of local LRA Cllrs, and in the light of residents’ views, has asked NEPP to remove The Lindens from the Order altogether.

At the beginning of this process, LRA Cllrs Chris Roberts and Chris Pond had suggested that The Lindens should be excluded, but NEPP advice was otherwise.

It has been acknowledged that the Order could not have applied to Hogarth Reach, as it is a private road.