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Open letter from County Cllr Richard Davies regarding residents' parking in Stamford.

The issue of residents’ parking in Stamford has generated a great deal of concern with local people, and many in the town have criticised the length of time that it is taking to introduce such a scheme.

Councillor Richard Davies

I have written this letter in order to firstly reassure members of the public that I, and I speak on behalf of the county council, am committed to introducing a scheme in the town as soon as possible. I would also like to set out why things haven’t moved as quickly as had been hoped.

It is important to understand that we, the county council, are one of two councils involved in this process, and we are reliant on South Kesteven District Council to carry out certain formalities before we can start our role.

Let me tell you where we are at the current time. Officers from the county council met with SKDC on 10th February. At this meeting, the district council defined an area that they would like to see a potential residents’ parking zone introduced. There are one or two minor issues with this plan that the we need to resolve. Since that meeting, my officers have been working to iron out these problems as quickly as possible. I don’t expect this will take too much longer, hopefully it could be as soon as next week.

Once officers from both LCC and SKDC have agreed upon this defined area, it can be put in front of the SKDC cabinet for a formal decision.

Assuming district councillors look favourably at this proposal, the county council can then start the process to issue the Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) that are required. As part of this, we will consult with local people to seek their approval for the scheme. Various legal requirements are imposed upon us which mean that this process will take about 6 months. Unfortunately, there’s very little we can do to speed things up.

If the results of the consultation are as we hope (positive!), then we are very much on the home straight. All that all that will need to be done then is to notify the public of these changes, and put the appropriate signs up.

I know that many people were hoping that this scheme would be in place by April. I am afraid to say that it won’t be. Unfortunately, a number of delays at the district have meant that the county council has still not received a request to start the TRO process. Until we do, our hands our tied.

With a fair wind, we can have everything in place by the Autumn. I know this will disappoint some people, but I want to be up-front and honest with you rather than unfairly raise your expectations. In the mean time, the temporary waiver that residents are currently using is, as you know, set to expire in March. I will make sure that this is extended accordingly so local people can still park without concern. I hope this will be of some comfort.

As I have said, I am committed to seeing the introduction of residents’ parking in Stamford. I know local MP Nick Boles is too. Over the coming months, we will both do all we can to help the district council finish off the work they need to do. And once a request is made to the county council regarding the TROs, I will make sure our officers deal with it as their upmost priority.

If you would like more information on the residents parking scheme, the TRO process, or about Lincolnshire’s highways in general, please get in touch. My contact details are below.

Kind regards,
Richard Davies,

County Councillor responsible for highways and transportation.

cllrr.davies@lincolnshire.gov.uk

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