Decision details

Lancashire County Council (Preston Road (A6) area, Clayton-Le-Woods and Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley Borough) (Suspension, Prohibition of Waiting and Restriction of Waiting) Experimental Order 2023

Decision Maker: Director of Highways and Transport

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Purpose:

 

This report outlines proposals to permanently make the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a Prohibition of Waiting and Restriction of Waiting 8am-6pm on Preston Road (A6) Area, within the Clayton-Le-Woods and Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley Borough.

Divisional county councillors were consulted along with the council's usual consultees and the consultation documents posted on the council's website.

 

The Experimental Traffic Regulation Order was made on the 23rd August 2023.

The formal consultation period carried out between 5th September 2023 and 5th March 2024 and advertised in the local press and notices were displayed on site.

 

One response objecting to the proposal and one response supporting the proposal but raising concerns were received during the consultation process.

 

Objection

An objection to the proposal was received regarding the placement of the new double yellow lines which now extend outside property number 241 and number 243. The objector believes that this will result in issues for the adjoining northern properties by creating additional conflict for properties possessing multiple vehicles.

 

Officer response:

Restrictions have been placed outside property number 241 and up to the boundary of property number 243 because of identified road safety concerns related to vehicles parked fully within the footpath which restricted safe passage for pedestrians, particularly those with prams or utilising mobility equipment potentially requiring them to enter the highway to pass.

 

It is also noted that property number 241 has a large area available for off-road parking where vehicles can be parked off the highway. The extent of restrictions to the boundary of property number 243 is intended to maintain clearance for the entrance/exit point to Public Rights of Way footpath FP14 ensuring that pedestrians retain clear passage to travel along the Preston Road footpath.

 

Support with concerns

One piece of correspondence was received in support of the proposals, however raised concerns regarding enforcement and the potential for displacement of vehicles.

 

The correspondent states that without a robust level of enforcement, the restrictions would be subject to regular disregard as appears to be the case for the current restrictions situated at the Bankside junction where parking can restrict sightlines for exiting vehicles. The correspondent also believes that with the introduction of the restrictions there is a potential for displaced vehicles to move onto Bankside resulting in obstruction issues for residents.

 

Officer response:

Whilst it is recognised that there is a potential for restrictions to be disregarded where drivers fail to exercise the level of care expected of them under Highway Code directions, the County Council does undertake enforcement activities where this is either observed during scheduled area visits or is notified via the customer service channels. In the case of the Preston Road (A6), Whittle Le Woods restrictions a total of 59 enforcement visits have been conducted since the inception of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order in September 2023 and this has resulted in the issuance of 5 penalty charge notices for vehicles contravening the restrictions. Where individual instances of disregard are observed these can be reported directly to the county council's parking enforcement team online at https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-travel/parking/report-a-parking-problem/.

 

As is the case for all new restrictions it is acknowledged that a level parking activity will be relocated into the surrounding area and where not undertaken with the required care this can remain disruptive.  However, it is not anticipated that this will result in any significant increase to parking along Bankside due to its remote positioning. As a result of the introduction of the restrictions, officers will be undertaking a 3-month post-installation monitoring process to identify any occurrence of additional problematic parking which represents either a highway safety or unnecessary obstruction concern and, where this is demonstrated to be the case, officers will consider additional intervention.

Following advice from Democratic Services, responses to these proposals are not deemed significant objections or adverse comments. Therefore, the proposals now require approval under the Scheme of Delegation so that the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order can be made permanent.



Decision:

Peter Bell, Regulations and Enforcement Manager, took a decision to approve permanently make the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a Prohibition of Waiting and Restriction of Waiting 8am-6pm on Preston Road (A6) Area, within the Clayton-Le-Woods and Whittle-Le-Woods, Chorley Borough be approved.

Divisions Affected: Clayton with Whittle;

Contact: Peter Bell Email: peter.bell@lancashire.gov.uk Tel: 01772 536818.

Date of decision: 13/06/2024

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