Residents encouraged to have their say on new parking measures across Harlow

News / Wed 29th Jun 2022 at 03:25pm

CONSULTATION is currently taking place on 10 new traffic regulation orders in Harlow which aim to provide easier access through the town’s streets and improve road safety for all residents.

The proposed orders are to address a range of issues around the town such as keeping junctions free of parked vehicles, stopping cars blocking access to homes, improving traffic flow, providing clear access to heavy good vehicles and emergency services, and reducing the potential of road traffic accidents.

The orders and a summary of the proposals are:

Bush Fair (amendment number 32) – introduce no waiting/loading restrictions to keep junctions free of parked vehicles. This will keep the road free of parked vehicles on bends where any parking is a hindrance to traffic flow and access. Removing parked vehicles at junctions will also improve safety and reduce potential road traffic accidents.

Challinor (amendment number 34) and Old Road – junctions with Bury Road/New Road and Watlington Road (amendment number 29) – introduce no waiting restrictions to keep junctions free of parked vehicles. This will keep the road free of parked vehicles on bends where any parking is a hindrance to traffic flow and access. Removing parked vehicles at junctions will also improve safety and reduce potential road traffic accidents.

Elmbridge/Hobb Cross Road (amendment number 40) – introduce waiting restrictions which extends the junction protection to keep the road free of parked vehicles.

Kingsmoor Road, Pollards Hatch (amendment number 28) – introduce limiting waiting bays which will preserve or improve the amenities of the area through which the road runs through.

Millersdale (amendment number 27)– introduce waiting restrictions. Free of charge parking bays are proposed to manage the parking of vehicles.

Sunny Croft (amendment number 39) – introduce waiting restrictions to keep the area free of vehicles parking which prevent access to homes.

Park Lane (amendment number 38) – introduce no waiting restrictions and payment parking. This is to keep the area free of vehicles parking, where it is considered that this parking is inappropriate. As the road runs adjacent to the town park removing parked vehicles will also, promote access and safety for residents and their visitors and reduce potential road traffic accidents.

South Road (amendment number 37) – introduce no waiting restrictions to keep the area free of vehicles parking, where it is considered that this parking is inappropriate and likely to severely impede the access to a business’s service. Removing parked vehicles will also improve safety, visibility and reduce the potential of road traffic accidents and promote access to larger vehicles such as Heavy goods vehicles and those associated with the emergency services.

Tysea Close (amendment number 31) – introduce no waiting restrictions to keep junctions free of parked vehicles where it is considered that any parking is inappropriate. Removing parked vehicles at junctions will also improve safety and reduce the potential of road traffic accidents.

All orders have been advertised in the areas and are on the North Essex Parking Partnership website https://north.parkingpartnership.org/traffic-regulation/. The partnership manages parking enforcement in the town.

Councillor Alastair Gunn, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Governance, said:

“Getting parking restrictions right can lead to easier access through our streets and improved road safety, and that’s the aim with the proposed schemes out for consultation now.

“From trying to make life easier for businesses in Bush Fair and Templefields to preventing people being blocked in at home, to making tight junctions safer and easier to navigate, there’s a range of initiatives we want to hear people’s feedback on.

“With just a couple of days left for residents to have their say on these proposals, I hope Harlow residents will comment on any proposals that affect their street.

” We will continue to bring forward proposed schemes to help road safety across the town and we will improve the way that such matters are communicated to residents.

“I also know that the lack of residential parking is a major issue. That’s why I’ve set up a cross-party group to focus on how to improve parking across the town. A parking strategy is being developed, guided by the long-term aim of providing more parking spaces.”

The consultations run until 1 July 2022.

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32 Comments for Residents encouraged to have their say on new parking measures across Harlow:

Kim Cross
2022-06-29 15:43:58

The only one that affects me is Challinor/Old Road and I would be so pleased if action was taken to stop vehicles parking at junctions making it nearly impossible to see vehicles pulling out. I have had so many near accidents where people have parked without consideration to other road users right on the corner of Bury Road & Watlington Road, and I can never drive straight through without having to give way or pull onto the pavement due to the road being reduced to one lane, where vehicles park on both sides of the roads.

2022-06-29 18:08:13

What would help is cars parking on the pavement causes so many problems especially Moorfields. Schools why can parents not take their children to the school gate where a teacher is and leave not spend time chatting in cars and blocking pavements St James and Kingsmoor school nightmare.

2022-06-29 18:10:13

Why can the council continue with a scheme they started a few years ago and offer dropped kerbs to residents where it would ease parking issues. Abbotsweld for a start! The cul-de-sac has a fire hydrant but there is no way on earth an engine would ever get down to use it. Rubbish trucks struggle to get around the estate, ambulances have no luck either. If all residents that had a front garden big enough to take at least one vehicle were offered a kerb they could remove a vehicle from the road and free up some space.

2022-06-29 18:18:34

Rather than posting your comments about parking here that will never be seen by NEPP it might be better to follow the link and comment on the consultation? https://north.parkingpartnership.org/traffic-regulation/

2022-06-29 18:38:51

Parking on pavements particularly on bends blocks emergency vehicles and any chance of seeing oncoming traffic and should be banned.

2022-06-29 18:43:41

To start I must ask is this amoney grabbing venture just like the butt fining across Harlow! Can someone point out the statistics of all the accidents caused by the parking situation we currently have which by the way is a result in Chalinor of builders cramming plots on such a small place hence nowhere left to park! I can only see one thing that cause hinderance to businesses in Bush Fair and that is some bright spark has decided to place height retriction on the car parks hence anyone with a van cannot park hence businesses lose trade! so lets bring in more fines and permits and then when all the roads are free of parked cars the idiots can speed down them hence causing more danger than before! Just focus moore on the damn pot holes that the residents truly want sorted than to try and sort something that will never be sorted even with restrictions!

2022-06-29 20:48:54

I'm all for making traffic flow better, but let's come up with a solution for more residential parking OR make public transport so good around the town that people feel comfortable enough to give up their car.

2022-06-29 21:00:21

Exactly how does introducing payment parking keep the area free of parked cars? Sounds like an excuse to bring in more parking charges.

2022-06-29 21:02:25

Best solution is free public transport! Previously, changing traffic and parking has had the side effect of really speeding up the traffic even in cul de sacs, "yer take her life in yer hands when trying to cross the road"

2022-06-29 21:25:28

Maybe county council can explain why residential permits are not the same price per person.if you have more than one car the cost of each permit doubles or trebles the cost of your 1st permit

2022-06-29 21:47:41

Please address the idiot driver who parks about 3ft from the junction of Wharley Hook and Tysea Road. I can’t believe they have been allowed to get away with this for as long as they have. I know the streets of Harlow are not particularly well designed for cars, but this idiot deserves to have their car crushed.

Eleanor cooke
2022-06-30 00:40:43

Rather than more parking restrictions, which seem to go through very quickly, how about introducing the new parking spaces which are desperately needed for example around bishopsfield which is in desperate need of more. This in turn would stop people from needing to park near junctions etc.

2022-06-30 06:03:07

waste of money changing yellow lines to red when we have no traffic wardens to police this, i was told by cllr swords that we would have bollards all the way down trayces road to stop cars parking half on pavement /road this would have been better as the idots that dont understand the highway code cant park there

Elle D
2022-06-30 06:33:28

So where are people who live on these main roads meant to park overnight, unload shopping, carry their babies inside? We need car parks or lanes or something in residential areas. Harlow has many green spaces and even though we do need to protect these, sometimes we have to compromise. Garages are being used for storage rather than parking based on where I live. None of my neighbours park in them because their cars don’t fit and it’s impossible to manoeuvre especially with extra traffic and deliveries. I agree you need to keep junctions free so it’s safe to see the actual road but this is not the route cause

Neil Rickards
2022-06-30 07:45:14

Stop lorries parking during the day and night in Kingsmoor Road there is a car transporter lorry that has been parking here for some time its an accident waiting to happen I have been nearly rear ended twice while trying to turn into my drive, this road should be made a clearway or double yellow lines ASAP.

2022-06-30 08:20:11

J So how will dropped kerbs alleviate the problem? It will allow you to park your vehicle but lose a space in the road unless you do not mind it getting blocked but not to worry you will be ok, A lot of the trouble is that people park like morons with larger than needed gaps between themselves and other cars so they can have the car outside the house. Do you have the musical car syndrome in your area where if more than one car they move the second to save the place when going out, We have and they are pathetic.

fed up
2022-06-30 08:32:48

shame your harlow didnt take the photo of trayces road when it was busy

Beryl Stradling
2022-06-30 08:38:35

The road into Chamberlain Close to Tesco, large commercial and private vehicles parking so you cannot see oncoming traffic coming either way. Tesco has a huge car park 100 yards up the road.

Mr Grumpy
2022-06-30 08:56:27

Where I live we were given 6 extra parking spaces (1 disable, 5 general). We all thought great. Now yellow lines have appeared thus meaning 7 less spaces for parking. This in an area where parking is at a premium (increased by residents bring home their work vans). You do the maths !!

Eric Chorley
2022-06-30 09:09:48

As a resident of Old Road who leaves opposite the Harlowbury green space and a driver, cyclist and dog walker. I am an advocate of the parking restrictions being mooted for the Old Road/Bury Road junction. The parking around this junction is pretty appalling, and whilst I sympathise with homeowners who would like to park outside their homes, parking on this junction (or even worse, in my opinion, across the pavement on this junction, makes this junction dangerous for everyone. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians (especially those using mobility vehicles and mothers with prams, pushchairs). The danger is exacerbated by the vehicles driven at high speed along Old Road as they approach this junction, and no doubt the unintended consequences of the Gilden Way development and new junction on the M11. If people showed a bit more consideration for others, then none of these additional restrictions would be necessary. All of these issues are adequately covered in existing road regulations and the highway code.

2022-06-30 10:37:22

Every area needs parking Harlow council need to bring back the covenant that was on Harlow that no lorry’s or van not small but large vans were not allowed to park overnight and they should put steel posts either side of the slopes where push chairs and mobility scooters can cross roads to stop cars and vans using these to get on the pavement to park.

geoff turner
2022-06-30 10:51:03

it doesn't matter anyway because no one patrols it properley.st johns avenue old harlow is a wash with cars from victoria hall and the snooker club after 5pm weekdays and all weekend and they never get a ticket and parking is never inforced

Tony Treacher
2022-06-30 15:07:16

For some years now Moorfield’s Resident Association has been campaigning for the yellow lines at the junction of Moorfield’s and Ployters Road to be extended. It went before the North Essex Parking Partnership in 2018, and was turned down, the MRA was informed of this in 2022, it was because of three plus objections from the residents of the adjoining estate Joyners Field. All of the cases in this article state”To improve safety and reduce potential accidents “. Highway Code Rule 243, states”Yellow lines to extend 10 metres beyond the corner”, the ones on Ployters Road are barely 3 metres long!!!! And since when does peoples parking take priority over the safety of road users? It is Essex County’s duty to ensure the roads are as safe as possible for all users, regardless of peoples parking needs.

2022-06-30 16:59:12

Maybe, instead of turning our green spaces into housing, we should turn it into parking. The original plan for the town estimated that 1 in 4 households would own a car. The reality is most households have 2 cars, so clearly the car ownership and required parking was seriously underestimated in the original plan. I don’t think messing around with restrictions is even going to scratch the surface on this, it will just move the problem somewhere else

2022-06-30 17:22:20

All lets face it before long no one will have a car as the fuel to run it will e too expensive and the cars will be parked there all day long! I must also ask what the hell has using a garage for storage got to do with this argument especially if its private! as the owner will park in front of their garage if they choose and if its owned by the council then they pay £70 per month for the privalidge and some people just park classic cars in them 365 days of the year and never bring them out! you will never sort the parking issue out as Harlow and the villages are just not big enough for the amount of cars end of !

Danny Long
2022-06-30 19:06:39

Another thing, when it comes to parking issues here in Harlow If these politicians are that committed to make all families have electric vehicles, then they need to install more drives on the front of properties for the residents to park their vehicles on, even if this means digging up grass lawns in parts of Harlow including Longfield in Bush fair. I bet the majority of these local councillors have drives or enough land to park their vehicles on within the grounds of their properties. Im alright jack, comes to mind again.

2022-06-30 20:56:15

PS and dont forget the population in Harlow has risen dramatically and of course the warehouses that have been converted that now hold several thousand people o damn where are they parking!

2022-06-30 23:32:28

Whilst it is nice to see a well kept front garden, most residents don’t appear to keep a nice front garden anyway, so their lawns may as well be turned into hard standing so as they have somewhere to park. It would make more sense really if the Council would give a bit of leeway for residents regarding parking. It would certainly free up the side streets from an overload of cars. It’s an obvious solution, yet the Council don’t seem to have grasped it!

2022-07-01 20:01:55

People who say that parking restrictions will not be enforced can be reasured that they will.Camera cars can be used as they are in London and other towns and cities.

2022-07-01 21:43:55

All Kingsmoor Rd needs is for people not to use it for a rat run from Southern Way to Catherine Way. Drive at the 30 speed limit and a safe crossing for the children going to school in Pyenest Road.

Mr. David morton
2022-07-02 00:31:27

Don't know why they don't make some of the estates in harlow one way, it works well in milwards and Nicholls field, surely that would help if all the traffic was going in the same direction.

2022-07-02 12:20:04

Bring back the covenant stop vans larger than a transit parking overnight, no parking on pavements, fine cyclist riding on foot paths , ban and crush e scooters. This to cover all Harlow not just selected areas

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