THE public is being asked for its views on proposals to change parking restrictions at several trading estates in Yate.
South Gloucestershire Council is proposing to amend waiting restrictions at Badminton Road, the Beeches and Stover Road industrial estates and surrounding residential areas to provide more on-street parking for businesses and their customers.
The authority is planning to make changes at Culvert Avenue, Eggshill Lane, Goodrich Close, Kendall Close, Lavenham Road, Lawrence Drive, Millbrook Road, North Road, Turner Drive, Waverley Road, Wellington Drive and Westleigh Close. It also intends to introduce a residents parking permit scheme outside a rank of cottages on North Road.
In a statement of reasons for the changes, the authority said: “South Gloucestershire Council is planning to change the waiting restrictions on the roads on and around the trading estates on the edge of Yate.
“There have been requests to review the existing areas of limited waiting parking within the Westerleigh Business Park and North Road to provide additional unconstrained on-street parking for local workers and to review waiting restrictions in Badminton Road, the Beeches Business Park, Eggshill Lane, North Road, Station Road, Stover Industrial Estate and Westleigh Close to improve access and visibility.
“A review of the existing parking places and waiting restrictions has identified that a number of amendments to the existing regulations and restrictions could facilitate a better use of the available kerbside, and improve access and sight-lines for motorists and pedestrians.”
It said the changes, which including lifting restrictions on some road and introducing new rules on others, would improve safety and deter commuter parking, protect resident parking facilities and, improve access to alternative modes of transport.
In 2010, we reported on claims by local businesses that they could go bust if council workers did not stop parking on trading estate roads. They said since the authority had opened new offices at Badminton Road, with limited parking in its car park, their staff and customers had nowhere to park.
In a separate consultation, the council is considering what to do with a piece of redundant land on the Badminton Road trading estate. People are being asked whether the 0.72 hectare site on Culvert Avenue, acquired by the council to build a road, should be retained or disposed of.
A spokesman said: “The land was bought for highway improvement purposes but has been unused for many years. There has been recent interest from the adjoining owner.”
For full details of the waiting restriction changes and to comment on both consultations visit the Have Your Say section of www.southglos.gov.uk