Last week my colleagues in the NEPP’s Technical Team installed a temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in Guithavon Valley in Witham, which will come into force this Saturday (1 August 2015).
The order is being introduced as concerns had been raised about the number of vehicles parking in unrestricted areas in the road and although these vehicles weren’t parked in contravention of any parking or waiting restrictions, they were causing an inconvenience to residents and road users.
The NEPP closely monitored the parking situation in the area and following discussions about the issue with Essex County Council, Braintree District Council and Witham Town Council, agreed that the best way to resolve the issue in this particular road was to introduce a temporary TRO.
This particular TRO still allows motorists to park on some stretches of the road so that residents can access their homes more safely and should also help keep motorists speeds down. It also provides areas for vehicles to pass one another too.
The effectiveness of this order will be monitored and could remain in place for up to 18 months during which time this restriction can be made permanent.
Having seen the works taking place in Guithavon Valley, several people have asked me and my team how they can get a TRO in their road where parking is an issue so I thought I would pick this up here and explain how the process works:
Any requests for parking or waiting restrictions across the north Essex area should be sent to the NEPP. To make a request, customers should complete Stage 1 of this TRO Application form and demonstrate there is local support, including from the local Ward Councillor. This should then be sent to the NEPP either by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting it to:
North Essex Parking Partnership Technical Team,
PO Box 5575,
Once requests are received, they’re reviewed and scored based on key factors including the level of local support, potential benefits and impacts. Requests and their scoring are then referred to the Partnership’s Committee for it to prioritise and decide whether they will be progressed. The NEPP does receive a lot of requests and with limited budget available, it needs to focus on progressing the schemes considered to be a high priority. To allow for all the necessary steps to be completed, the entire process can take up to 24 months.
Further information about TROs is available on our website at www.parkingpartnership.org