Parking, congestion, infrastructure, penalties and control. This is what has become of a world controlled by greed, lack of foresight and vision. Governments and Local Authorities that don’t see the bigger picture just sweep the country with schemes that create havoc and frustration due to control and displacement of traffic. Yes, there are other greater evils in the world, but let’s resolve a few on our immediate doorstep.
Cambridge County Council, my home town, has created major concern with residents. They wish to enforce controlled resident parking schemes throughout the City under the new ‘City Deal’ plan. Why do we need this? Because some residents struggle to park on their street simply because our local council cannot provide decent parking facilities for the visitors that come to our City. These visitors have been instrumental to the wealth and success of this university town, yet they struggle to park every day and are faced with exuberant parking fees and restrictions. Our Council’s solution is “displacement”! In some areas they intend to reduce actual parking capacity to a third. An area with minor parking issues will have resident and visitor permits, double yellow lines, pay and display; of course, this means traffic wardens – say no more I say! To be frank, the only people who like traffic wardens are their families; or maybe no!
In the Queen Edith’s / Morley area in Cambridge 680 properties were targeted with a capacity for 518 vehicles; the scheme will only allocate 287 permits! Well, the figures speak for themselves! It is refreshing to see that finally the residents have spoken out in anger and have expressed basic logic; “This scheme will not work!” Solution! “Provide parking facilities; do not take them away!” You’d think a Councillor is meant to be one voice to express all opinions, but if this was the case then views would have been noted, though the people’s voice has not been heard!
The big issue is that the Council does not consider each street’s intricate and delicate nuances and subsequently create problems where there are none! They must consider lifestyle and ramifications. They need to rethink their plans and take into consideration the traffic coming in to the City and make proposals based on that rather than disrupting residents. Cambridge has a major traffic and parking issue and the Council’s solution lacks long-term resolve within a once beautiful neighbourly city!