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Sandgate CPZ Extension Proposals from Shepway Council

June 16, 2017 11:12 AM
Originally published by Tim Prater | Sandgate Parish Councillor

Parking signShepway District Council have reviewed the Sandgate CPZ scheme installed in Castle Road and Granville Parade areas last year, and and have published a report at http://www.shepway.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=14029&Opt=0 on which they plan to go to consultation on extending the scheme.

The new proposals cover from the Coastguard Cottage end of Sandgate High Street in the West to Enbrook Road / Southernwood Rise in the North and Radnor Cliff in the East, with almost all roads in Sandgate village being included. Restrictions vary by road, with Sandgate High Street and roads nearby offering one or two hours of free parking to all (and longer only with a permit) and other roads being permit holder only.

There will be an "informal" consultation to all residents and businesses in the enlarged area (asking if people approve of the idea, and in some cases offering options, for example on the hours of operation).

If that is then cleared, there is a "formal" consultation required by law open to anyone to comment. The two consultations and the works required will mean any extension won't happen until the autumn at earliest.

Tim Prater commented:

"The new proposals do seem to be a lot better for local residents (outside the existing CPZ) than currently. The implementation of the CPZ initially in just a few local roads has displaced parking and made parking much harder for residents not in those roads. Extending the zone to cover the whole village will at least restore equality of opportunity to park to all residents.

"There are however a lot of details to be looked at and considered to ensure the scheme works for everyone, dealing with issues such as deliveries, being fair to local businesses (and their staff) and parking for HMO's. I hope Shepway Council will be open to suggestions and requests to deal with these issues and those raised in the consultations".