Two Penarth residents are challenging Vale of Glamorgan Council plans to paint double yellow lines – banning parking at all times of day – on the streets where the live .
One the streets is Woodland Place (adjacent to Trinity Methodist Church) and the other is at the end of Llwyn Passat in Penarth Marina.
An internal Vale Council report says Woodland Place is “a popular area for commuters and local workers to park their vehicles all day to access the local train station and those who commute into the town centre”.
However there’ve been several complaints regarding what the Vale calls “saturated parking” with vehicles parking “tight-up to the corner” obstructing visibility “around a blind 90 degree bend.”
The council says that owing to the “lack of private parking provision for residents and
increased resident car ownership, inconsiderate parking takes place” and it wants to paint double yellow lines along Woodland Place .
But a local resident with two children both aged under three years of age – has objected to the proposed parking restrictions .
The letter of objection says “Woodland Place is currently used as a short cut for vehicles travelling to and from the town centre” and that “vehicles travel at some speed, in excess of 30mph around the blind corner adjacent to my property.” The householder says he/she has to physically carry them to the family car in case they get knocked down.
The resident argues that the presence of parked cars outside the family’s home…”acts as a traffic-calming measure which forces vehicles to slow down”.
The letter of objection argues that the council’s plans to ban parking on the corner would be likely to “cause vehicles to approach the corner with greater speeds than at present.”
A Vale Traffic Officer however wants the “blind bend” to be kept clear of vehicles but appears to implicitly agree that the cars currenly being parked on the bend actually do act as a “traffic-calming” element.
To a suggestion that the Vale Council could issue Residents’ Parking Permits for Woodland Place, the Vale Council report says “There are currently no plans to consider the introduction or amendment of resident-only parking at the present time”
Meanwhile in Penarth Marina a resident has challenged Vale Council plans to ban parking in the “hammerhead” area at the end of Llwyn Passat.
The Marina resident said her 4-bedroom property does not have any allocated parking spaces and is often “forced to use ” the hammerhead area to park overnight because of the number of cars now parking in the Marina area
Here the Vale Council’s traffic officer’s response is that “no vehicle should be parked within the hammerhead area – as it is dedicated to allow vehicles to carry out a turning manoeuvre and for vehicle emergency access.”
The issue however also highlights the fact that some of the roads in the Marina area are “unadopted” (i.e. still owned by a private property company) and that allegedly some residents with two cars are parking one of their vehicles in the space allocated to their property and the second in the so-called “visitor car-parking space” on Plas Taliesin.
The Vale Council’s report says the issue between the residents and the private development company is “not a council matter” as it is private development – off the adopted highway.
The Vale ‘cabinet’ is due to consider both these issues next week.
The Vale Council report also spells out the legal position on street parking in general – saying that :-
- The council has “no legal responsibility to provide residents with parking spaces for their vehicles “
- There is “no legal right for anyone to park outside their own house – nor for the council to make such provisions.”