Extra new residents’ parking spaces have been provided in Raleigh Crescent, Chells, Stevenage, thanks to local Liberal Democrat borough and county councillor, Robin Parker.

There are 6 new spaces so far, with another one to come as soon as the contract to build it can be let.

The location of the 6 new bays is an extension to an existing bay near properties 16 – 34 Raleigh Crescent. The cost was £4,945.58

The seventh one will be an extension to the existing parking bay near properties 45 – 55 Raleigh Crescent. The cost will be £1,650.00.

Robin Parker comments: “The introduction by Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) of their new parking restrictions in Chells, Chells Manor and Mobbsbury, which came intro effect on 8.10.2012, has caused big problems for local residents – exactly as I predicted that it would. I, and my councillor colleague, Graham Snell, have received a large number of complaints about the new restrictions, particularly at our regular Saturday Street Meets.”

“The restrictions have:

(a)  introduced lots of double yellow lines on residential streets; and

(b)  enforced a new ‘verge and footway parking prohibition order’ – the effect of which is to make it a ticketable offence to park a vehicle with more than one wheel on the verge or footway.”

“Along with engineers from SBC, I looked at where extra residential parking could be provided in the worst affected street in my area, which is Raleigh Crescent. The only two locations possible for a variety of practical and legal reasons were the two locations we chose, in consultation with local residents, and we packed in as many extra spaces as possible.”

“As the local county councillor, I get an annual Local Highways Budget and I decided to use some of this on these two schemes and provide as many extra spaces as I possibly could.”

“There are other roads in Chells, Chells Manor and Mobbsbury where there are difficulties and I am also looking at possible solutions to these, as well. If I can find the funds to take action, I will do so.”

“There are still problems in Raleigh Crescent, despite my extra spaces and I am still costing other possible ways of helping, like providing better lighting in a compound originally intended for garages, but in reality an empty largely unlit space, so that residents may be encouraged to park in it, rather than trying to find spaces on the very congested road.”

“As a borough and county councillor, I get a small number of local budgets and I strongly believe in spending these on things that will produce permanent benefits for local residents, rather than one off running costs” concluded Robin Parker