Sign of the times

The photograph above was taken by Esther Smith and is evidence of the new Resident’s Parking Zone – affecting Lyncmbe Vale, Perrymead and Greenway Lane – which comes into force on January 20th.

Esther had her concerns about ‘scale and keeping’ but B&NES says the scheme will reduce commuter traffic and carbon emissions.

The Council says it’s introducing the zone in response to residents’ concerns to improve air quality and the environment for the local community.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles circling while looking for a parking space and to give residents more opportunity to find spaces nearer to their homes.

Access for larger vehicles such as refuse and emergency vehicles will also be improved.

Residents can purchase their permits by the MiPermit System here

Councillor Manda Rigby, cabinet member for Transport, said: “People in Lyncombe have been asking for a Residents’ Parking Zone for a long time, so I’m delighted that it will soon come into effect. These improvements to on-street parking arrangements will mean residents have more chance of parking near their homes and there will be less through traffic from commuters, which in turn will improve air quality. It will also create a safer space for walking and cycling.

“The restrictions will be enforced from January 20, so anyone who wishes to buy a residents’ parking permit should do so as soon as possible.”

Parking controls are also part of the council’s Liveable Neighbourhoods toolkit. They can help change streets to become better places to live by reducing the number of vehicles driving around searching for parking spaces. They can also potentially change the way people use road space helping to pave the way for future improvements making it easier for people to walk, cycle or use public transport.