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SWINDON Council plans to carry out a consultation with Old Walcot residents over how to deal with traffic congestion caused by football fans and town centre workers.
From Friday of this week, letters will be sent out to residents about the consultation, which will present five different options to tackle the long-standing issue of parked vehicles clogging up roads and driveways.
Coun Mark Dempsey, (Lab, Walcot and Park North) has been working with other ward councillors and residents to tackle the parking issues since last year.
He said: “Since about May 2012 we’ve been trying to tackle congestion caused by football supporters and commuters parking in the residents areas in Walcot.
“It’s becoming quite a big problem for them so last year we undertook a survey with residents. They wanted something to happen so we have been working with the officers in the council to try and get something done.”
The five options include keeping things as they are, extending the double yellow lines at junctions to prohibit parking, and introducing limited waiting bays to deter all-day parking which would also apply to residents and their visitors.
Two further options involve parking permits. The first would create a residents’ parking area which will require all vehicles to display a permit on Monday through Saturday from 8am to 11pm, at a cost of £40 per year for the first permit and £90 a year for the second permit, while a book of 25 visitor permits would cost £15. Residents aged 60 and older would receive the visitor parking permits free of charge.
The second would be to introduce a controlled parking area which would only apply when football matches or other events were taking place at the County Ground. Only vehicles displaying permits would be able to park and only residents would be eligible for the permit at a cost of £10 per year.
Options were first presented to residents in January, after they complained that town centre workers park on the estate to avoid paying car parking charges.
Following a consultation in November asking residents to suggest ways of tackling the issue the council held a meeting for officers to present costed options to residents and now they want to get feedback on the ideas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.
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