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Dale Road parking consultation

The City Council are currently in the process of developing plans for new parking controls and environmental enhancements in the Dale Road estate in Selly Oak.

The parking proposals have been developed from parking survey data collected from the area and the feedback received from the first consultation undertaken in May this year.

At the same time as the parking controls are introduced, it is proposed that some environmental enhancements will also be implemented within the estate. This will include different surfaces and markings on the carriageway, footway build outs and paving and tree planting. The consultation is also welcoming comments on these improvements.

Why are we considering parking controls in this area?
People travelling to the University as well as other motorists (local workers, shoppers) are currently parking in the area, which makes it difficult for residents to park near their homes.

The parking controls would allocate some of the kerbspace in the estate for the sole use of residents, creating new resident permit bays. Permits would be available for any resident of the estate to purchase, excluding those in the student halls of residence.

Within the proposals there would also be a provision for visitors to pay to park.

The parking controls would not guarantee a parking space for anyone, but should make it easier for drivers, especially residents, to park.

The parking and environmental schemes are being funded from money the Council received from Birmingham University through planning agreements.

First Consultation
A first stage of consultation took place in March 2011.

In the first stage of consultation we asked for views on the proposals. A summary of some of the main findings from that consultation are:

About Parking Issues

  • 87% of respondents indicated there is a parking problem in the area;
  • 63% of respondents indicated they do experience difficulties finding a suitable parking place.

About Proposals for Parking Controls

  • 73% of respondents indicated they are in favour of a CPZ in the Dale Road area. 20% indicated they are not in favour. The other 7% expressed no opinion;
  • 57% of respondents indicated they would support restrictions applying Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm;
  • Resident permit bays were the most commonly requested type of bay. Some parking for visitors was also requested.

About the Proposed One-Way System and Environmental Enhancements

  • 1 respondent indicated they would not be in favour of a one-way system;
  • 0 responses mentioned the environmental enhancements.

As 73% of respondents were in favour of a scheme, we have continued to develop the proposals. The Council’s Parking Policy states that at least 60% of responses must be positive in order to proceed to second stage consultation.