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URGENT ACTION needed...

If you would like to object to the IW Council creating a “No waiting at any time”, single yellow line parking restriction zone on both sides of Colwell Road (running between Martine Close and Birch Close, so preventing road-side parking adjacent to the church), you have until 12pm today to lodge an objection. I am sorry that this is such short notice, but I only learned of the deadline yesterday. The Council’s proposal is part of the process to secure planning approval for a large development of houses on the land behind Birch Close.

It's arguable that the parking restrictions will be of NO benefit to local residents, and that they will prevent food delivery vehicles servicing homes, and carers from parking to visit clients. For ourselves, it risks severely limiting the amount of near-by parking space therefore affecting Sunday mornings services, Foodbank clients, those who use the Men in Sheds group, any meetings or community events held at other times and, of course, access for funeral cars (such as was required last Tuesday for Jill Hannon’s funeral service).

If you WOULD like to object, you must email pfi@iow.gov.uk, and also copy in scott.headey@iow.gov.uk . You must give your full name and address and you must express a specific concern about this Order. I have attached a copy of the letter I sent, below. For information, see this link, and the details below:

Request for Action:
Please email your objection to: pfi@iow.gov.uk and copy: scott.headey@iow.gov.uk
Include your full name and address within your objection, or it wont be counted. Ask for confirmation of receipt 

Key issues:
 
1. No TRO should be granted to the detriment of residents solely to enable planning development.
There has been no prior requirement for a TRO in Birch Close and there is no need now. Hence the sole reason for this application is to enable the development there. This TRO is contrary to the determination of the administration, the clear expressions of the respective cabinet member and colleagues including the Leader, of myself and declared policy.
 
2. This TRO does not conform to the restricted purposes for which a TRO can be granted and as defined by the British Parking Policy.
Please see the British Parking policy guide, section 4.2 related to the limited purposes for which a TRO can be granted: 
https://www.britishparking.co.uk/write/Documents/TIR%20Board/BPA_TRO_Best_Practice_Guide_2019.pdf
 
4.2. Purposes
There are specific purposes that a TRO may be used for, listed in section 1(1) of the RTRA84; for:
●  avoiding danger to persons or other traffic using the road or any other road or for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising
●  preventing damage to the road or to any building on or near the road
●  facilitating the passage on the road or any other road of any class of traffic (including pedestrians)
●  preventing the use of the road by vehicular traffic of a kind which, or its use by vehicular traffic in a manner which, is unsuitable having regard to the existing character of the road or adjoining property
●  preserving the character of the road in a case where it is especially suitable for use by persons on horseback or on foot
●  preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the road runs
●  any of the purposes specified in paragraphs (a) to (c) of subsection (1) of section 87 of the Environment Act 1995, relating to air quality.
As none of the limited purposes above qualify this application it must, therefore, be rejected.
 
3. This TRO application fails to comply with the precondition passed by the IWCouncil Planning Committee.
The respective planning application is 21/00357/FUL.
The precondition approved by the Planning Committee is that 'No development shall take place until a Traffic Regulation Order has been secured from the Local Highway Authority for the implementation of double yellow lines on the southern side of Birch Close about its junction with the site access and its junction with Colwell Road and on Colwell Road about its junction with Birch Close; and the development hereby approved shall not be occupied until the resultant on-street parking restrictions have been implemented.
Reason: In the interests of highway safety and to comply with policy DM2 (Design Quality for New Development) of the Island Plan Core Strategy.' 
 
The applied for TRO is for a single yellow line, no waiting condition. This does not meet the pre-condition and hence serves no purpose as it would fail to satisfy said pre-condition.
 
4. This TRO is detrimental to the existing residents for whom it serves no purpose and for whom it affords no benefit.
Specific results detrimental to the existing residents include:
- Parking restrictions will take away much needed parking spaces.
- The restriction includes ‘no waiting’ that will frustrate and prevent home delivery vehicles, postal workers, visitors, repair people and the like.
- Several in the Close are elderly and dependent on health visitors and carers who frequently attend in Birch Close daily and would be frustrated and inconvenienced from attending to their charges by the TRO.
 
5. This TRO would cause displacement of parking onto the main Colwell Road.
Colwell Road is already subject to heavy domestic and commercial traffic that is fast flowing. 
Parking on Colwell Road would involve walking a longer distance to homes in Birch Close for those with limited mobility. 
Such parking locations would be inherently less safe given the fast traffic.

Cakes on Sunday...

Don’t forget that this Sunday, after the morning service, our Young People’s group (Youthscape) will be holding a cake sale in return for donations toward their summer trip with Isle of Wight YFC to the Christian Worship Festival, “Dream the Impossible” (DTI).

Hope to see you there (at church, not at DTI!),
DAVE

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