Park your views

Residents and businesses in Wells are being invited to comment on proposals for a residents parking scheme in the city.

Somerset County Council has responded to a call for change from residents and is organising a consultation this month to seek people’s views on the proposals.

The Council’s resident –friendly parking policy supports communities to take the lead in identifying and applying for residential parking schemes and one has been put forward for Portway, Priest Row and St Cuthbert Street.

If introduced the plan would keep the timed parking for shoppers, but would allow residents to park all day. Businesses and residents on these roads now have the chance to support or object to the proposed changes.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are committed to helping local communities help themselves and members of the community have worked hard to develop something that they feel would improve parking in the area.

“It is essential that we consult with residents and businesses before a decision is reached and we are encouraging them to share their views before any changes are made by the Council’s Highways department.”

A proposed Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) notice will be published in the Wells Journal on 16 July 2015, outlining the scheme. The proposal will also be able to be viewed in full on the County Council website on the TRO webpage from 16 July 2015 (www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/road-works/tro/), the Mendip Area Highway office, County Hall and also Wells City Council office. Copies of the Public Notice will also be posted on all three streets being considered for the parking scheme.

Other residential parking proposals in Wells are also being considered and consultation will follow later this year.