Parking Consultation – St James Close, Short Street, Station Road

West Berkshire Council have opened a consultation on parking, intended to improve road safety at identified problem locations. It will address obstruction concerns related to inconsiderate parking, and issues related to resident parking, together with the management of parking on highways in various locations across the district.

The Parking Consultation can be found here: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35428. WBC would welcome the views of any residents affected. The consultation closes on Thursday 9th August.

St James Close

West Berkshire Council are aware that residents are still concerned about continuing parking and obstruction problems in St James Close, primarily caused by commuters and non-resident parking on both sides during the day. In order to address this they have included proposals in the parking scheme that went live to public consultation on Thursday 19 July.

The proposal will see a single yellow line on one side of the road around the inside bends for the full extent of this road. The outer side will therefore be available for daytime parking by residents and their visitors. As well as addressing the obstruction it will ensure vehicles aren’t blocking the view at the bends for drivers. The proposals will still allow residents (and their visitors) to park on-street during the day (and on both sides overnight and at weekends if they choose) but they’ll just be restricted to parking on the side without the yellow line.

The proposed restriction will not unfortunately stop these non-resident commuters from ignoring the ‘except access’ sign and coming in for reasons already discussed (police enforcement only), but in practical terms the commuters will probably find that resident’s cars that are already parked on-street (on the side without the yellow line) leaves them no space left to park.

It’s possible that a small number may start parking further around St James but if they do that at least they will all be on the one side of the road and so the obstruction complaints about bin lorries/delivery vehicles/passing residents cars should be addressed.

Street Notices have been erected directing residents to where further information on the full consultation covering the entire District can be found, although the primary concern for residents is shown in this document: BS36 – St James Close Pangbourne.