Parking problems everywhere! What to do about it?

Charndon Close where a residents' parking scheme has been requested

Charndon Close where a residents’ parking scheme has been requested

Papers going to the traffic management sub-committee on Wednesday 15 June say that the council does not have the resources at this time to process any more residents’ parking (RP) schemes.

The paper presented on the bi-annual waiting restrictions review states:

The council’s resident permit team has reached its capacity and the recently approved RP schemes for Edgar Milward Close and Cardinal Close has added further pressure, which is resulting in delays to the desirable implementation dates.

With the current level of resources, the council is unable to process any further RP schemes until the delivery of the existing schemes is completed.

The long agenda includes five items directly related to parking issues and parking chaos, some of which have implications for the area around the Whitley Pump.

Agenda item 5

Five petitions for permit parking will be presented to the sub committee; one of which is for Rowley Road in Katesgrove.

All have been brushed off by council officers with the same recommended action to the sub-committee:

  • that the sub-committee notes the report,
  • that the petition to introduce permit parking in (name of road) is considered as a part of the 6-monthly waiting restriction review programme and is reported back to a future meeting of the subcommittee,
  • that the lead petitioner be informed accordingly.

Agenda item 11

The agenda also includes a report asking the sub-committee to re-establish the scrutiny task and finish group that was originally set up in July 2012 to consider residents’ parking in the borough. The terms of reference for this group would be:

to review the performance and current and future arrangements for delivery of parking services with a focus on the services relating to residents parking schemes.

Agenda item 12

The bi-annual waiting restriction review includes three requests relating to streets in Katesgrove.  The recommendation in all three cases is not to change waiting restrictions.

Park View, Elgar Road

Request from the Housing Association for a parking review to deter non-resident parking. The recommendation is that this does not go ahead as there is no evidence that non-resident parking is taking place.

Charndon Close (pictured)

There has been a request from a neighbourhood officer to restrict parking on all junctions. Local residents have also requested the introduction of permit parking, which is recommended, but there is a difficulty in deciding who would be eligible for a permit.
Charndon Close is a cul-de-sac entered from Waldeck Street, where permit parking was recently introduced.

Elgar Road South

There has been a  request from a business for double yellow lines on corners to prevent accidents. The recommendation here is that speeding is the problem and so the deployment of vehicle activated signs under the speed awareness programme should be considered.

Agenda item 14

The meeting will hear the results of the consultation on the hospital and university area parking study. The recommendations of this study, which include parking meters on Kendrick Road, have proved controversial.  A petition was raised and a public meeting convened in Redlands, the ward directly affected by most of the changes proposed.

The Reading Chronicle report on the Redlands meeting quoted Tony Page, chair of the traffic management sub-comittee as saying, ‘at a committee meeting on June 15, ward councillors will ask for a pause…’

The sub-committee sits at 6.30 pm in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU. Proceedings should also be available by webcast.


  1. Traffic Management sub-committee 15 June 2016
  2. Council Meetings Webcast Service
  3. Consultation on parking studies in the University and Hospital Area
  4. Thousands back petition against parking meters near Royal Berkshire Hospital
  5. Redlands parking plan to be ‘paused’ after residents’ objections at public meeting