Reading Council wants feedback on your parking problems

Reading Borough Council civic offices

Reading Borough Council have set up a panel to undertake a detailed review of residents’ parking problems.

The panel, which goes by the name of the “Residents Parking Scrutiny Task and Finish Group”, will be chaired by Redlands councillor Tony Jones. A consultation is being carried out from 4 July 2016 to 14 August 2016. 

As demand for limited parking spaces in Reading continues to increase, the Council has set up a Scrutiny Task and Finish Group to take an in-depth look at parking pressures and the impact on local residents. The cross-party group will look at why parking pressures are increasing, what works well with the current residents parking scheme and what doesn’t, how other local authorities with similar parking pressures operate permit schemes, and possible future recommendations for changes to the Reading permit scheme.

The formation of the group was agreed at the Traffic Management Sub-committee meeting on 15 June 2016.  A similar review was carried out in 2012, reporting in 2013, also with Councillor Tony Jones as chair.

At the Whitley Pump we are well aware of the stress that our local parking is under. Those at the Council who operate the residents’ scheme are also under pressure stating in a report to the 15 June meeting:

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

This meeting also heard the results of the statutory consultation on the hospital and university area parking study. The controversial proposal took up 50 minutes of four hour meeting. Following a petition and opposition from residents and those who work in the area, a pause in the implementation of the proposed scheme was agreed.

Other members of the group are  Cllr Debs Absolom, Cllr Sarah Hacker, Cllr Liz Terry, Cllr Ed Hopper and Cllr Rob White.

To let the group know of local parking issues e-mail The deadline for the consultation is 14 August 2016.


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  2. Residents Parking Scheme – Scrutiny Review 
  3. Parking problems everywhere! What to do about it?
  4. Traffic Management sub-committee 15 June 2016
  5. Webcast of Traffic Management sub-committee 15 June 2016
  6. Parking meter plans near Royal Berkshire Hospital suspended