Isle of Wight Scrutiny Committee ‘whole-heartedly’ support traffic restrictions

At last night’s Scrutiny Committee, councillors voted seven to two to support proposals to introduce six new parking zones annually across the Isle of Wight.

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Proposals to introduce six new parking zones annually across the Isle of Wight were supported by scrutiny councillors last night (Tuesday).

Councillors debated the new scheme, that looks set to be approved by the Isle of Wight Council cabinet on Thursday.

Residents across the Island could soon be able to apply for permit-only parking zones on their streets, provided they meet certain criteria.

Recommendations to Cabinet
Three recommendations were put forward by the committee for consideration.

The first — that bays were not marked out in the street — was supported unanimously.

The second recommendation, put forward by Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox, was to make it clear to residents the new parking zones would not guarantee a space outside their home, or even in their street.

This was approved with seven votes, with Cllrs Geoff Brodie and John Kilpatrick abstaining.

Peacey-Wilcox: “Just be careful what you wish for”
Ward councillor for Cowes Medina, Cllr Peacey-Wilcox said:

“I have residents still driving around at 8pm at night trying to find a space, who have to be up at 7am to move their cars before the restrictions.

“Just be careful what you wish for.”

Scrutiny ‘whole-heartedly’ support traffic restrictions
The final recommendation was that scrutiny councillors support the traffic restrictions ‘whole-heartedly’.

This was approved by seven votes, with Cllrs Peacey-Wilcox and Cllr Debbie Andre abstaining from the vote.

Ward councillor for Newport East, Geoff Brodie, said:

“Scrutiny committee needs to support this, particularly as the policy is so desperately needed.”

The policy will go before cabinet tomorrow (Thursday).

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some additions by OnTheWight. Ed

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There would be alternatives to solving the parking problems, particularly as the Council have left all of us still in the dark where the new measures will actually bite. Firstly, there is a huge problem with large commercial vehicles being parked in residential areas. These should be parked at the main address of the company running the vehicles. Another aspect is the removal of parking spaces that… Read more »

It would be good to know where these 6 parking zones will be, please.

Sally Perry

I don’t believe they have chosen the first six zones yet. Full details in the paper here –>

I wouldn’t want my street to have one of these zones (I’ve lived/worked in areas on mainland where they cause as much trouble as they solve). The comment here about commercial vehicles/vans being brought home by employees and filling up residential streets is a hugely relevant one. These cause the biggest problem in our street and are a menace. These should be left in a depot/appropriate work… Read more »

I live in the centre of Cowes and am actually quite glad that there is a permit zone – even though it is not exclusively permit (restriction to 2 hours Mon-Sat 0800-1800). However, perhaps the permits should be restricted to one vehicle per household rather than 2 – would cause a problem for those with 2 or more cars but parking is at a premium….