Objecting to double-yellow lines on Stoats Nest Road
13/03/2015 23:18:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Comment submission on plans to install double-yellow lines onto a portion of Stoats Nest Road:
"I'm writing to comment on the proposed introduction of waiting restrictions in Stoats Nest Road REF D&E/PS/CH/Y17.
As a ward Councillor for the area concerned, I have received correspondence detailing the displeasure by many residents at the proposals to install double yellow lines on the small portion of Stoats Nest Road.
Resident testimony and traffic analysis will likely outline that when residents turn left onto Stoats Nest Road from Windermere Road, that the problem is not parking on the ‘odd’ side of the road as the Council suggests, but on the ‘even’ side with residents tending to park on that side of the road.
Turning left onto Stoats Nest Road currently requires motorists to steer right to avoid parked cars on the ‘even’ side of the road. This often can be directly into the oncoming traffic lane and is obviously dangerous. This danger is not stopped by the Council’s proposed double yellow lines on the ‘odd’ side of the road.
The junction of Stoats Nest Road and Windermere Road has a ‘keep clear’ box at the junction. This aides visibility when turning, but cars parked on the left nullify this benefit.
On the ‘even’ side of the road there are no residential properties. There is therefore no access to parking required on the ‘even’ side of the road. Conversely, there are residents on the ‘odd’ side where these proposed double yellow lines would be implemented.
This is problematic for several reasons. Firstly, the residents on the ‘odd’ side should, where practicable, have parking facilities as close to the front of their housing as possible. There appears to be no safety reason for the yellow lines to be introduced on the ‘odd’ side that cannot be easily accommodated by the lines instead going on the ‘even’ side of the road. Secondly, it is worth assessing the behavior of the affected Stoats Nest Road residents should these lines be implemented. The most logical place for them to park is on Windermere Road, or on the ‘even’ side. This increases traffic congestion on Windermere Road, and I am reliably informed that residents of that road are not in favour of increased congestion on what is an already narrow residential street. The third factor to consider is that there is already known parking pressure in the wider Coulsdon Town. To intentionally reduce residential parking without a strong safety case for doing so would understandably be difficult for many of my residents to accept.
I would therefore suggest that the Council looks into installing double yellow lines on the ‘even’ side of the road and not the ‘odd’ side as this could potentially solve the safety requirement for the Council and be to the satisfaction of the residents on Stoats Nest Road.
I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience."