In 2020, we consulted on our policy for the introduction of Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bath and North East Somerset.
The aim of a Liveable Neighbourhood is to reduce the dominance of vehicles in residential areas, particularly through-traffic, whilst maintaining vehicle access to homes and businesses. This can be done through a range of measures including vehicle restrictions, traffic calming, one-way streets, and residents’ parking zones.
Over the past few years we have received requests to implement a Residents’ Parking Zone (RPZ) in the Lyncombe area to prioritise on-street parking for residents, and to help reduce the number of non-resident visitors driving around local roads, looking for somewhere to park.
The development of proposals for an RPZ in Lyncombe began prior to the adoption of Liveable Neighbourhoods strategy, and we will be considering the introduction of similar schemes in other parts of Bath in the near future as part of that strategy.
Previous consultation and report
We developed a residents’ parking scheme proposal for this area, with additional proposals for parking permits to cover local businesses and their visitors. We communicated the policy to all residents living within the boundary of the proposed RPZ, and invited responses from the general public. This policy consultation ran from 29 March to 19 April 2021.
In order to proceed with implementing this scheme, we needed a majority of respondents to state they supported the proposals. 66% of consultation responses were in favour of implementing a Resident Parking Zone, and so we are progressing to the next stage of the project.View the consultation feedback report
In order to implement or enforce parking restrictions of any kind on a public road, we need to get approval for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). The TRO is an amended plan for the RPZ, based on the feedback report from the first consultation. This is a legal document that gives our Enforcement Officers the necessary powers to control parking, and there is a legal process we must follow to put it into action. We do this in the following ways:
- Your local Ward Members and B&NES Cabinet Members for Transport and Emergency Services discuss the TRO. This has been done, and they have approved the proposed TRO.
- There is a 21-day public consultation, where residents and the general public have a last opportunity to comment on the final proposal plan included within the TRO.
- We publish all comments we receive during these consultations in a report. Our Director of Place Management then makes the final informed decision about implementing the scheme, based on this report.
The public consultation of the TRO starts on ***** and runs for a period of 21 days. The closing date for comments is *******. If you wish to submit an objection or make any other comment about the proposals, please see details on this webpage of how to do so.