Woking parking review 2020

There are a number of stages involved in the review and these are explained below. We are currently at the Introduction stage of this review.

The current stage is: Committee authorisation


Introduction

During September we carried out assessments and site visits for all the parking problems and requests for changes to parking restrictions which have been brought to our attention since the previous parking review took place. Most of these concerns were brought to our attention by members of the public, the emergency services, councillors and highway officers since the previous review took place. Following the assessments and site visits, we prioritise the requests and create a report of our findings and recommendations.

Committee authorisation

We have now presented this report of recommendations to the Woking Joint Committee. It was Item 11 at the meeting on the evening of 11 November 2020. All the proposals were approved. Two additional locations were added at the meeting at the request of Councillors. They are Hillside in the Woking South division and Thornash Road in the Goldsworth East and Horsell division where additional double yellow lines will be advertised.

One point of interest is that 5 locations have been approved for the introduction of on-street Electric Vehicle charging points. The first of potentially many in the Borough over the coming years.

Advertisement and objections

Now the Joint Committee has agreed in principle which changes should be introduced, the next step is to carry out the legal process that will allow us to bring then into effect. For this we have to publish a notice in the local newspaper advertising our intention to introduce the changes and make copies of the proposals available for inspection at council buildings, such as libraries and council offices.*

At the same time we put up notices in the streets concerned and, depending on the type and extent of the proposed change, we may also deliver letters to nearby addresses. There then follows a period of usually 28 days during which people can raise objections to any of the proposals or let us have any other comments about them. We anticipate advertising these restrictions in the first couple months of 2021.*

* Depending on what health restrictions are in place at the time, this may not be possible.

Please note that any Woking town centre proposals will be displayed in the Goldsworth East and Horsell Village division.

Approval

The parking team manager will consider any comments or objections that we receive in consultation with the chairman/ vice chairman of the Joint Committee and the county councillor for each area, making the final decisions about which proposals will be implemented, with or without changes. We will publish a report summarising the objections and comments, detailing the final decisions and reasons for them on this page.

Implementation

After the final decisions have been made, we will undertake the detailed design of the agreed changes. This involves marking out the extents of the lining on street and preparing the orders for our contractors, who will them install the necessary signs and lines. About the same time, we will make the final changes to the traffic regulation orders, which are the documents that provide the legal framework for all the parking restrictions, and publish another notice in a local newspaper, advising that we have done so. All the new restrictions will them come into effect.