Tonight’s West Area Committee was a bit disappointing. The only optimistic item was on Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park – and that was almost inspiring -water voles and eels doing well, 35000 more trees to be planted – but that only just touches the West Area.
Main talking point of the evening was on bad parent parking outside schools. Tory Town Councillor Cherul Roe said she was a parent of a child at Grove Wood School, the parent parking there was “hideous” , that it affected most schools, and one day a child will get killed.
Parking enforcement has been transferred from the police to rhe District Council. The police won’t take action now just because someone is parked on a yellow line – that parking has to be dangerous or inconsiderate.
For RDC, Shaun Scrutton said that it had been difficult to take action, because parents just drove away when they saw a parking warden coming. However wardens will soon be able to write down numbers and send tickets by post.
Chris Black then asked for an update on this new ‘capability’ to come to full council next week, as it affects all parts of the district. The cabinet member for this subject is Keith Hudson.