In recent years, residents in the Butt Lane area have continued to raise their concerns about parking. Terraced Streets like Church Street, Wright Street, Skellern Street, Chapel Street, Glebe Street, Banbury Street and half of Woodshutts Street continue to become overburdened with vehicles. The issue is becoming exacerbated for a number of reasons.
These days, many families have more than one car per household and the majority of these homes do not have a driveway. There are also a number of businesses that continue to thrive in the local area. Growth in business equals more jobs for people in our community and we welcome this. The big problem is that businesses around here have little or no parking space for their employees or customers. People do not see any other option but to park in one of the streets mentioned above. This is causing community tension and continued upset for the people residing in the places previously mentioned.
Residents have asked local Councillors to look at what options are available to solve the parking crisis. We have recently asked Staffordshire County Councils Highways Community Liaison Officer, David Greatbatch for advice on what can be done to solve the current problem at hand. David has advised that Resident Parking Zones (RPZ) could be a potential solution, but there are all sorts of pros and cons with this. These are as follows:
- Some residents may not wish to pay the initial fee which funds the signing and lining costs of the scheme nor would they support annual payments for the parking permit(s).
- To avoid displacement to nearby streets the RPZ would extend beyond Church Street and Wright Street and in some instances, because residents of these added streets do not have a problem with parking they would not support the RPZ. However it may not be considered appropriate to continue without these streets included since the displacement would no doubt result in a future request for the RPZ to be extended.
- Displacement beyond the RPZ may still occur if those who work at the local businesses do not use alternative means of transport and therefore whatever the limits of the RPZ they will park beyond it.
- The number of permits given to each property may not be sufficient where multiple car ownership is present – permits available are based on the available spaces which in many cases along terraced streets means that parking can only be permitted on one side since we are unable to condone parking partly on the footway, which may take place currently to enable parking on both sides. This possible reduced parking availability is another reason why residents may not support the RPZ. The reason why a zone is chosen, in addition to deal with displacement, is to try to increase the available space – if calculations indicate that there is simply not enough on street space to allow one space per property the RPZ may have to be shelved.
- Another issue some residents have is that a permit for parking within an RPZ does not guarantee they can park outside their property – it merely allows parking within the zone.
- Local businesses may be entitled to a number of permits, but these would be limited and should reduce the number of vehicles parked in the RPZ area.
- The RPZ process requires appropriate levels of resident support throughout and if this is not present the scheme will be shelved. It is also one which will be added to many that have been requested throughout the borough area and there are at least two zones which have previously been prioritised which will need to be completed before any others can be considered for progressing.
For more information about RPZ schemes the following link will be of assistance:
So as you can see from the above information, there is no quick fix to the parking problems in the local area, but we must find a solution and together we will. We also need a strategy for Congleton Road. Staffordshire County Council has still failed to recognise the need for a full traffic survey in Butt Lane and refuses to recognise the severity of congestion on the A34. People living on Congleton Road also need to be able to park their cars safely, but without land, investment and commitment from the County Council – nothing will happen anytime soon.
If you’re a Butt Lane resident and you would like to discuss Resident Parking Zones with your Councillors, contact:
County Councillor John Taylor 01782 786227 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Robinson 07837905443 – email@example.com
Sylvia Dymond 07904569665 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvia Burgess 07906337215 – email@example.com
Councillors and volunteers have teamed up to give a small local park in Butt Lane a new lease of life. The park situated off Townfield Close is owned by Newcastle Borough Council. The play equipment is looking tired and the protective flooring needs reaffixing in some areas. It has also been identified that the park benches need updating and more seating should be provided. Large amounts of overgrowth will also be removed to make way for new flower beds and an orchard. A request has also been made for a new dog bin to help tackle dog fouling in the area. The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will also be invited to help create habitats for wildlife in the park grounds.
At a recent Butt Lane Locality Action partnership meeting the park was discussed and ideas were put forward. Community Development Officer, Simon Long from Newcastle Borough Council discussed how the group could go forward with making improvements. This included a discussion about community day that will take place on Friday 7th June. The Butt Lane LAP agreed Townfield Close Park needed some work and are hoping to complete the project by summer 2013.
Butt Lane Councillor, Kyle Robinson said: “The Park is looking tired and rundown and needs some tender loving care to make it welcoming again. I was brought up in this area and I have a special place in my heart for this facility as my grandparents used to bring me here to play on the apparatus when I was a toddler.
“The Government is always pushing families to get active outdoors and this is a safe place for toddlers and young children to play. I have recognised the park is within a residential area and Anti-Social behaviour has been a problem in the past. That’s why I propose we bring the Police on board with this project to ensure a new and improved park comes with added security for its users and residents in the area.”
Town Councillor, Sylvia Dymond added: “This Park could be so much better by adding some colour and we can bring it back to its former glory. We need to make our parks safe and friendly and I believe a project like this is just what we need in Butt Lane.”
It has been suggested that the park could be officially given its own name and re-opened at a future community event. The project now has the backing of all three Borough Councillors John Taylor, Silvia Burgess and Kyle Robinson. Town Councillors Sylvia Dymond and Elliot Ashton will also be pushing the project forward along with local resident Josephine Ashton and volunteers.
Labours County Council candidate for the Talke and Red Street ward has pledged more action to tackle potholes that blight local roads. Councillor John Taylor has this week set up a Pothole Patrol for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street to ensure more people are reporting problems with local roads.
John said: “Our roads are in a shocking state of disrepair and we need some action to improve the situation. The local Pothole Patrol has been set up to make it easier for residents to report bad road surfaces to the council or their councillors”.
“It’s important that your representatives are taking the fight to Staffordshire County Council and demanding that more cash is spent on road maintenance. We are regularly promised more will be spent each year to sort out our decaying roads but so far we aren’t seeing any difference. I will push the County Council to spend your money better and look at the whole way in which maintenance is carried out”.
Using www.fixmystreet.com you can report potholes anonymously using an online map. This facility then notifies the local council and informs them that a complaint has been made. The council responsible then has a period of time to fix the pothole before the complainant is given another opportunity via email to update whether the council has fixed the problem. Fix My Street has been very successful and local councillors encourage the public to use this online tool.
Labour Councillors are also encouraging people to contact them to report potholes and road maintenance issues. The Pothole Patrol structure will ensure everything reported will be logged and followed up if repairs are not carried out.
You can call:
Butt Lane, Talke and Chesterton – John Taylor 01782 786227
Butt Lane – Kyle Robinson 07837905443 (or send a text)
Butt Lane – Sylvia Burgess 07906 337215 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Dave Allport 07870 650248 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Mike Stubbs 07500 091504 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Eddie Boden 01782 722248
Chesterton – Hilda Johnson 07598 118208 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Sandra Simpson 01782 564483
To contact Staffordshire Highways direct you can contact them using the methods listed below:
By working together we can ensure our roads are maintained to a high standard and at a standard we deserve!