Ever since HPERA was founded, the issue of residents' parking has been debated. Opinions have been divided on the subject, with some people in favour of a residents' parking scheme, and others opposed. In January 2018 we produced these FAQs about parking schemes to help inform residents. The previous administration of the County Council suspended all new parking schemes in early 2020, but this policy may be reversed in future. Below you can find more information and the surveys that have been carried out on the issue.
In March 2017 HPERA conducted a survey of residents to find out whether they wanted us to lobby for a residents' parking scheme. 85 people responded to the survey, of which 62% were in favour and 25% against. 7% wanted to wait and see, and 6% were undecided.
A variety of views were expressed. You can find a digest of those views here.
Cllr Manning consultation
Cllr Manning held two public meetings to ascertain whether residents wanted to consider formal controls and proceed to a formal consultation. The meetings were poorly attended by only 7 and 2 people respectively. There were 46 responses to his follow-up survey, of which 27 (59%) were in favour, 14 (30%) against and 5 (11%) unsure. Cllr Manning decided this did not give the necessary mandate to go further. Click here for his blog post on the subject.
Elizabeth zone subdivided
Following meetings with residents Cllr Ian Manning and other councillors met with officers and decided that the ‘Elizabeth’ zone should be split into three smaller areas. The map shown opposite is not official, but represented HPERA's understanding of what might be the final outcome. Area ‘A’ proceeded to a formal consultation and introduced their parking scheme. Area ‘B’ decided not to proceed, and our area ‘C’ was put on hold.
Following the introduction of the nearby Ascham parking scheme in early 2019, Cllr Ian Manning held further public meetings and asked HPERA to conduct a survey of vehicles parked in and around Hurst Park Estate (HPE). Volunteers counted the number of cars parked on the road in each street in the evening or early morning, and again mid-morning, in an attempt to differentiate between commuters’ and residents’ vehicles. You can find our data here.