Residents’ Parking scheme reactions.

Resident Parking Zones are good thing which have been shown time and again to reduce traffic ingress into cities. I suspect eventually most of Bath will be covered in Resident Parking Zones and the park and ride sites will then finally be fully utilised. Reducing traffic on our roads is as much about providing good walking/wheeling, cycling, and public transport (buses and eScooters) as it is about removing “free” parking from residential areas.

One interesting point is that many residents outside of the areas being proposed don’t want them because they currently don’t “suffer” from commuters parking in their area.

As somebody that lived in Bear Flat and saw the introduction of a RPZ it was quite interesting to see “spare” cars from households that were already living in an RPZ (Holloway) vanish from the area. I suspect the Bear Flat RPZ suddenly dumped a load of Bear Flat and Holloway “spare” cars into Oldfield Park.

So the question is, given eScooters are likely to be made legal later this year, does a foldable eScooter that you can happily store in the boot of your “spare” car, make any area of Bath without a RPZ fair game for “free” parking?

One key thing to take away from this. The less “free” parking in the city, the more park and rides are used, the less traffic on our congested roads.


Another opportunity for people in and around Oldfield Park and Westmoreland in Bath to comment on proposals for a proposed residents parking scheme in the area.

More than 700 people shared their views on a proposed scheme in an initial consultation late last year.

Based on feedback from people living in and outside the zone some changes will be made to the proposals and these will go back out for the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) stage of consultation later this summer.

Proposals for a Residents’ Parking Zone (RPZ) in large parts of both wards aim to tackle commuter parking and reduce vehicle intrusion into the largely residential neighbourhoods, improve air quality and the environment for the local community.

The proposed changes to on-street parking were requested by ward councillors ahead of the council’s decision to work with communities to introduceLiveable Neighbourhoodswhich include seven other proposed RPZs which will…

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  1. I used to park my ‘spare car’ in Lower Weston mainly (when lived in town). Ironically sold it when moved to area with no on street restrictions.

    A favourite place these days is above Royal Victoria Park. People must have to dust off their cars before they set off!

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