No good reasons left

Dear Editor

NO GOOD REASONS LEFT!

Below is an e-mail I have just sent to SCC & WBC.  I hope it’s not too late.

I was hoping to make the meeting tomorrow, but unfortunately I can no-longer do so.  If Haslemereparking.com agrees with the views below, then I am happy for them to make sure they are noted at the Local Committee meeting tomorrow.

Good luck

David Boyd

 

From: David Boyd

Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:53 PM

To: David Curl ; parking@surreycc.gov.uk

Cc: pat.frost@surrey.gov.uk ; Steve Renshaw ; David North ; robert.knowles@waverley.gov.uk ; stephen.mulliner@waverley.gov.uk

Subject: Officers Report to the Local Committee – 16th March 2012

Dear David Curl

Re: On Street Parking Review – Officers Report to Local Committee 16th March 2012.

I have many comments and objections that I could make about this report in respect of Haslemere, but as I suspect you have many to read I will be brief and focus purely on Section 6 – Conclusion and Reason for recommendations.  Overall my conclusion is that none of six ‘reasons’ listed in this section are now valid and therefore the recommendation to introduce Pay and Display in Haslemere appears unfounded.

My detailed comments, in relation to Haslemere, on each point in Section 6 are listed below:

6.1 Charging for parking helps the County and Borough Council effectively and efficiently manage on street parking in Surrey and has the following benefits:

  • ‘Pay and display’ makes short term parking easier to enforce and helps improves turnover of the available parking space making retail areas more accessible and helping local businesses.

As Pay and Display has been removed from the Town Centre and is now only concentrated on the roads where long term parking occurs around the station and away from the Town Centre.

Consequently this ‘reason’ is no longer valid.

  • Free on street and ‘pay and display’ off-street parking encourages drivers to look for on street parking and increases congestion and CO² emissions in town centres.

    Since this now does not apply to the Town Centre, and the car parks around the station are full drivers (commuters and local workers) drive straight to the available free spaces they know about.  Minimising congestion and CO² emissions.  Pay and Display can but only push these long term parkers further away and therefore are also likely to add to CO² emissions.

    Consequently this ‘reason’ is no longer valid.

  • A policy of setting higher charges for on-street ‘premium’ spaces also encourages drivers to go straight to a car park, reducing congestion.

    Similarly to above, the long term parkers have no other option until a multi-story car park is built at Haslemere station.

    Consequently this ‘reason’ is no longer valid.

  • A reduction in free parking encourages alternative modes of travel to the motorcar.

    My experience as a commuter has been that it might just be possible to commute up to London at a regular time, but it is nearly impossible to commute home at a regular time on a certain train.  Therefore car sharing is impractical. Taking the bus is not quick enough – most commuters will have chosen Haslemere to commute from because of its fast service to London which results in an acceptable door to door time.  I suppose more spouses could perform ‘taxi’ services but this would lead to and increases congestion and CO² emissions.

    Consequently I believe this ‘reason’ is only wishful thinking and unlikely to materialise.

  • Blue badge holders would be exempt from the charges where appropriate.

    This means that Blue badge holders are unaffected by these proposals.

    Consequently this ‘reason’ is not really a reason to support the proposals at all.  However if Blue badge holders were not exempt then they would have reason to reject the proposals.

6.2 The introduction of parking controls can help improve road safety and reduce obstructive parking.

I do not see how the implementation of Pay and Display machines can improve road safety and reduce obstructive parking.

Improvements to road safety will come about from the implementation of the proposed changes to and additions of ‘yellow lines’.

Reduction in obstructive parking will come about from the implementation of the proposed changes to and additions of ‘yellow lines’, and their adequate enforcement.  Adequate and cost effective enforcement is not dependent upon the implementation of Pay & Display machines.  Some towns in West Sussex successfully operate a ‘Time Dial’ badge system.

Consequently this ‘reason’ is not relate to the implementation of Pay and Display

I hope you can agree with me on all these points and therefore will seriously consider the current appropriateness of this report to Haslemere.

Regards

 

David Boyd
From: David Boyd [mailto: removed] Sent: 15 March 2012 1:59 PM
To: editor@haslemereparking.com
Subject: Officers Report to the Local Committee – 16th March 2012
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