Fury over plans for Cardiff Olympics residents’ parking ‘legacy’

February 10, 2012 10 Comments »
Victoria Park Road West

Victoria Park Road West, Cardiff, could get a residents' parking scheme.

Cardiff council has been accused of using the Olympic Games to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes across large swathes of the city “by stealth”.

The authority this week sent letters to 2,276 households stating that resident-only parking could be introduced in their street as a “Games legacy”.

With the Millennium Stadium hosting 11 football matches during the Games between July 25 and August 10, it says the scheme would “ensure residents have access to parking spaces during the events”.

But it goes on to say that the council “would like to keep it in place as a Games legacy for Cardiff”.

The new parking restrictions would impact on 46 streets across the three inner city wards of Riverside, Canton and Grangetown. This is in addition to the 475 streets already with residential parking.

Some of the proposed new streets – including Victoria Park Road West in Victoria Park and Conway Road in Pontcanna – are located some two miles from the Millennium Stadium.

From June, half of the parking spaces on the extra 46 streets would be turned into resident-only spaces and the other half would be left for general use. Households would be limited to two permits, with the first one costing £5 a year and the second costing £30. Visitor permits would be available for £5 each.

Labour councillors were last night furious the new measures were being imposed without prior consultation, while residents told the Echo that parking permits were not needed in their street.

Canton councillor Cerys Furlong said: “It’s outrageous that these letters should be sent out without consultation with residents or members to determine the need.”

Councillor Ramesh Patel added: “It seems the council are using the Games to introduce residents’ parking permits by stealth.

The executive member for transport, Coun Neil McEvoy, insisted a “proper consultation” would be carried out.

A Cardiff council spokesman said the permits would come into force in June and the roll-out was being paid for by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

LOCOG is funding similar parking measures in parts of London near Games venues. In London, however, the scheme is only temporary.

The council spokesman said in Cardiff, new residents’ parking permits would be “permanent” as legislation in Wales does not allow temporary schemes.

Louise Hawkins, who led the successful campaign to stop council attempts in 2009 to introduce a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in Canton, said: “This is misleading information and to hide behind the Olympics as the reason for doing it is just not on.”

PARKING PERMITS COULD BE INTRODUCED ON THE FOLLOWING STREETS

Riverside:

Conway Road (Penhill Road-Mortimer Road), Conway Road (Mortimer Road-Aquilla Court), Conway Road (Aquilla Court-Romilly Crescent), Llanfair Road (Llandaff Road-No 38), Llanfair Road (No 44-Penhill Road), Meadow Street, Bloom Street, Beacon Street, Llandaff Road.

Canton:

Greenfield Avenue, Romilly Road West (Victoria Park-Ivy Street), Romilly Road West (Ivy Street-Clive Street), Victoria Park Road East (Cowbridge Road East-Forrest Road), Victoria Park Road East (Forrest Road-Romilly Road West), Victoria Avenue, Ivy Street, Fern Street, Daisy Street, Ethel Street, Forrest Road, Turner Road, Nesta Road, Kingsland.

Grangetown:

Avoca Place, Bedwas Street, Bishop Street, Chester Place, Chester Street, Compton Street, Cornwall Street, Court Road, Devon Place, Devon Street, Dorset Street, Hereford Street, Jubilee Street, Machen Street, Maitland Place, North Clive Street, North Street, Rookwood Street, Rudry Street, Rutland Street, Somerset Street, Stafford Road, Ty-Nant Street, Van Street, Virgil Street, Warwick Place, Warwick Street, Wedmore Road

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10 Comments

  1. Victoria Newman February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I am fully supportive of this move. We live in Pontcanna and are plagued by parking problems in the area. Only half our street is permit parking, and I am certain that a move to extend this would be widely welcomed by residents. Paying just £5 a year to guarantee a space near your house is well worth it!

  2. Grangetown resident February 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    It depends where you live. If you live in north Grangetown/Saltmead, where I do, then the piecemeal arrangements for residents' parking mean certain streets are magnets for commuters/shoppers looking to park for free, while on matchdays/events nights (both the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City stadium) there is also a squeeze for space with residents unable to park near their homes. I can understand the frustration of those resident in areas where parking isn't a real issue but for some of it, the fury comes from a different direction.

  3. Anony Mouse February 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Once again this would probably be fine IF the council could ensure the following:
    – A reliable, affordable, 24-hour bus service so people can get into town quickly and safely at all times of day without needing to own a car
    – Sufficient parking around local shops, takeaways etc, and for people who are visiting houses in these areas.
    Seems instead that, as usual, we will just see people's lives disrupted for no good reason.

  4. Richard j February 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I have a cousin who lives in Conway Road and every time there is a match in the millennium stadium or Sophia Gardens they struggle to park in the street. This will absolutely delight them they have wanted residents parking for years.

  5. trelai7 February 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    thats some excuse to increase the coffers , funny how seventy four thousand in the stadium plus thousands round the town pubs on match days and nothing's done. now with a handful in the stadium watching womens football they reckon parking will become a problem ,and i thought comedy was a dying art

  6. Twm February 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    What is the need for these parking restrictions? Do these streets suffer with an influx of cars using them for parking when sell out events are held at the stadium?
    It's also worth questioning if an age grade men's football tournament and women's football matches are likely to attract crowds large enough to mean extra parking restrictions are required, especially so far away from a venue that is well served by public transport.

  7. ethel st resident February 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I have a feeling these parking permits will be oversold resulting in no change other than the lovely honour through this legacy of having to pay to park outside our houses. ! I live on Ethel Street (1.6 miles from stadium) and since parking restrictions have been enforced on clive road its getting difficult to park. But what about the Clive Road residents who cant park outside their houses? Will they be allowed residents parking on Ethel street? I don't own a car anymore but wife does and often has to park on Daisy Street. I'm guessing a permit to park on Ethel Street won't be allowed on Daisy Street.

  8. Sandra February 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I totally object to this scheme as do my neighbours in Kingsland Road, Canton. If we were guaranteed a parking space in our street then we would possibly be happy to support this scheme but as it stands we gain nothing and have the privilege of paying for fewer spaces than we presently have. One side general use/one side residents permit holders only. There aren't enough spaces now so how do the Council think this could possibly work!!

  9. Laia March 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I was completely in favour of Resident's parking ( in fact had been hoping it would be introduced) until I read some of the previous posts and mention of issues such as too many /too little permits issued, cars parking from neighbouring areas… Food for thought indeed. However, I do not think the parking situation can get any worse and the "excuse" of the Olympic Games given by the Council eve though puzzling is still welcomed. I live in Llandaff Road and have small children and no garage and not being able to park anywhere near the house on certain days/times is seriously making us consider moving away from a home and area we love. I am happy to pay to have a chance to park near my house, as long as this happens!!

  10. Sally March 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I agree that the Olympics are a poor excuse to add to the parking charges. However, Hanover St has had 50% resident parking permits in place for some time. It doesn't help – those too mean to purchase a pass park in the 50% bay-free areas and the remainder of us have to park at the opposite end of street to where we live. Only 50% resident bays doesn't deter those parking for Cardiff football/rugby events either. Why can't this be increased to 80% of the street? Why aren't the bays monitored daily by wardens?
    What about the houses with more than one car – some have 3, 4 or even 5! Why live in a terrace when you have more than one car?

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