Penrith estate set for parking clampdown after five-year wait

Date: Monday 7th August 2017

A PENRITH estate packed with cars throughout most days is to become a disc parking zone — after five years of waiting.

Residents on the Scaws estate will get permits exempting them, but visitors will be limited to two-hour stays.

Eden local committee ruled at a meeting to give the green light to the three-part scheme. There will be a three-week consulation period and, providing there are no substantial objections, it will be introduced before next March.

A potential solution to the parking problem has been talked about since 2012, but previous schemes fell by the wayside because councillors did not think there were sufficient traffic wardens to police any new rules on the estate.

Some residents have complained of commuters leaving their cars there all day, blocking them from getting on or off their drives.

“We have a high number of people who leave their cars whilst they go to work. For me these restrictions cannot come soon enough,” said a Friars Road resident in an informal consultation with the council.

But another residents warned that any restrictions would be pointless unless they were backed up by the issuing of parking tickets. “There is no point implementing a disc zone without it being checked daily and fines imposed,” the resident said.

Penrith Town Council wanted the county council to hold fire on any parking restrictions on Scaws until a wider study of Penrith’s parking problems has been completed. However, the county council committee agreed to officer recommendations that the restrictions be rolled out in three phases.

Kevin Crawley, a county council highways network manager, said: “Initially, we will only introduce phase one to give us the opportunity to see what the effect of it is, with a view to introducing phases two and three if necessary thereafter.”

Hilary Carrick (Con, Penrith North) said residents must be allowed on and off their drives, and that the new arrangement would need close monitoring and its effects should be reported back to the committee. “What we also don’t want to do is shuffle this problem round and round Penrith. We need to provide long-term solutions,” she said.

Nick Wright, the county council’s Eden area manager, said a major discussion about Penrith’s parking headaches, involving a number of interested parties, is to take place. Phase one of the Scaws scheme involves the introduction of “parking zone H”. Restrictions will be brought in on Brentfield Way from its junction with Fell Lane and extending as far as Askham Crescent.

The zone also includes most of Friars Road as well as part of Hutton Hill from the junction of Brentfield Way extending to the Roman Road junction. No waiting at any time zones will be brought in along with disc parking between Monday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. Parking would be limited to two hours.

Phase two involves the remainder of Brentfield Way not covered in phase one — between Askham Crescent and the junction with Roman Road. It also involves the rest of Friars Road, Friars Close, Friars Rise and Friars Terrace, and includes Askham Crescent.

Phase three involves the rest of Hutton Hill from its junction with Roman Road extending to the junction with Brent Road, as well as Roman Road to Brentfield Way, and all of Pennine Way.

The statutory consultation and advertisement process will start in September and continue for three weeks. A county council spokesman said: “Depending on the outcome of the formal process we may need to report back to local committee at the end of October. In the event that we do, we expect to have completed the implementation of phase one by the end of March, 2018, at the latest.”