Lower Street parking and anti-social behaviour issues - action plans
Summary (prepared 05/10/2020) of the parish council's review of the issues and plans for short and medium term action.
Response to proposals for river access closure (05/10/2020)
On-street parking problems continue to be an issue of concern for many Stratford St Mary residents, particularly those in Lower Street from where access to the River Stour for recreational purposes, can be most readily obtained.
The experience of the post-lockdown influx of recreatonal river users has brought this to wider attention and written and oral complaints have been received by Parish Councillors from irate residents demanding to know 'what is being done about it' or offering suggestions for action that might be taken.
The July Parish Council meeting (held virtually via zoom) at which this issue was a subject for discussion, was attended by over 30 members of the public. Unfortunately, time did not permit everyone to give their views but many good points were made and with these and a considerable number of written submissons to consider, the council was given much to think about.
Amongst the proposals put forward by residents were requests for closure/ restriction of access to the river at both the River Garden and the weir, although such action was strongly opposed by many residents (see separate report). It was also suggested that, in parallel with seeking ways to address the currently intrusive parking issues, the council should consider whether reduced speed limits would make the situation in the village safer. This possibility is also being investigated and in this connection, a road traffic survey will be undertaken in Lower Street for one week, commencing on the 29th September.
Council members held an open air meeting on 27th July, visiting Lower Street, The Weir and the River Garden, to assist them in preparing proposals for actions to alleviate the current parking and traffic flow problems. These were made public for consideration during August and, following discussion at the scheduled bi-monthly meeting on 14th September (also via Zoom), will now be implemented. Detailed report of those actions and the implementation plan, will be made available through the minutes of the meeting and subsequent posts on this webpage.
In the meantime, anyone wishing to report incidence of dangerous or anti-social parking should do so using the recently introduced Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) reporting tool.