Three-week wait for response to parking review call

Pimm Road, Paignton

Pimm Road, Paignton - Credit: Google Maps

A councillor has to wait three weeks for a response to her call for a review of planned parking restrictions outside homes in Paignton.

Cllr Jackie Thomas submitted an urgent question to Torbay Council’s leadership about double yellow lines due to go in at Foxhole in Paignton.

But the authority’s rules meant it was not accepted at a full meeting of the council on Thursday, February 4, and she has been told her question will be deferred to a meeting three weeks later.

The Conservative councillor for Kings Ash has highlighted two roads – Pimm Road and New Park Road – where residents will be banned from parking outside their homes.

She said no-one had been aware of the consultation in November about the measures.

The councillor is asking for the traffic order to be put on hold and a new consultation carried out.

The parking restrictions are aimed at improving visibility and traffic flows along with a new 20mph speed limit on the estate.

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But Cllr Thomas said the consultation held during coronavirus restrictions was flawed as no-one had responded.

She said people accepted the need for restrictions at corners and junctions for safety reasons, but banning parking in whole streets outside homes would create problems.

The councillor said she understood the parking ban in New Park Road and Pimm Road was to allow access for waste lorries.

She suggested a possible compromise to bring in restrictions on collection day, rather than seven days a week.

A proposed traffic regulation order setting out the plans for parking restrictions on the estate was advertised in the local press on November 11, 2020, with a three-week period of public consultation.

Cllr Thomas said: “The double yellow lines will stop people parking near their homes, and will have a knock-on effect.

“People on late shifts such as essential workers will have to walk home from several streets away in the dark.

“There was not a single response from the public, and alarm bells should have gone off that the consultation process was not open and transparent.

“I am really disappointed that the decision has been taken without any proper public consultation. This affects hundreds of people.”

Cllr Margaret Douglas-Dunbar, the mayor of Torbay and chair of the council, said: “Any urgent questions have to be accepted as being urgent by the civic mayor in accordance with the council’s constitution.

“Cllr Thomas has been notified that her question will be deferred to the council meeting being held on February 25.”