The Penarth Traders Forum – a group of retailers who have premises in the town centre of Penarth – is recommending that shoppers should be able be park on what are now loading bays for delivery vehicles – from 09:00 each morning.
Currently what are designated as commercial loading bays until 12:00 Noon each day cannot be used for car parking until the afternoon
Hundreds of motorists have been fined for inadvertently parking on them during the mornings. A complicating factor is the verbose and prolix bi-lingual notices – which are supposed to explain the regulations clearly but are not that easy to understand.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has already commissioned an independent advisor to report on Penarth’s continuing parking problems.
The Penarth Traders Forum – however – undertook their own survey , focusing on loading bays in Penarth town centre and has now submitted this new evidence to the independent advisor.
The trader’s survey discovered that :-
- Loading PEAKED At 09:00 and before, with up to 50% of loading bays being occupied by vehicles loading/unloading
- Loading bays were INFREQUENTLY used for loading after 09:00 ( – for example, 8% of loading bays were occupied by vehicles loading at 11:00 each weekday, except Friday (33% occupied)
- The number of cars illegally parked in loading bays at 11:00 increased each day, rising to 67% illegally parked on Fridays.
Trader’s Forum members say they are concerned about the situation and are repeatedly hearing of customers being booked for incorrectly parking in loading bays.
They say this often affects visitors to Penarth who seem confused by – or are unaware of – the loading bays (particularly the bays located outside Boots), which switch to ‘general’ parking bays after midday.
The Forum is now asking Vale of Glamorgan Council to consider their findings as part of its investigation , and to further consider altering the permitted loading times in the town centre bays to 09:00 or before, and from 09:00 onwards to allow general (timed) parking in the bays.
The Forum has invited the report-author and Vale Council to meet with traders to discuss further initiatives and innovative ways of relieving the parking situation in Penarth.