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Petitions

Volume 632: debated on Thursday 30 November 2017

Petition

Thursday 30 November 2017

OBSERVATIONS

Transport

Parking around Linton Avenue

The petition of residents of Solihull,

Declares that there is a problem with parking around Linton Avenue and that it is necessary for parking restrictions to be put in place.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council provide restricted parking between 09:00 - 11:00 to 14:00 15:00 on Monday to Friday around Linton Avenue.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Julian Knight, Official Report, 25 October 2017; Vol. 630, c. 3P.]

[P002069]

Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Jesse Norman):

The Department for Transport is responsible for setting legislation and for guidance to traffic authorities on how to provide various traffic management measures. Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide appropriate traffic management schemes for their roads (under section 122 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

They are free to make their own decisions about the streets under their care, provided they take account of the relevant legislation. They are also accountable to local people for their decisions and their performance. It is entirely a matter for individual authorities, in this case Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, to decide on the nature and scope of parking policies and to balance the needs of residents, emergency services, local business and those who work in and visit the areas.

Local authorities can use their traffic management powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act (RTRA) 1984 to make traffic regulation orders (TROs) to introduce traffic management measures such as residential parking schemes or other parking charges to balance the supply and demand for road space in the light of local needs.

They may impose parking restrictions over wide areas, or confine them to particular streets or parts of streets. They may prohibit parking altogether, or restrict it to particular times. They may also apply restrictions to all vehicles or just to specific classes (such as width or height) of vehicle, or to the vehicles of residents only.

Ministers and officials have no remit to intervene in the day-to-day affairs of local authorities except where specific provision has been made in legislation. All requests for parking restrictions should be made direct to the Council.