St James Residents' Association

For The Residents And Workers Of St James

Sunday, 23 May 2010


“Very shortly, most residents in St. James (if you have not already) will be getting a letter from the County Council explaining options for residents.

Basically, there are three options;

1. If you are not already in a permit parking scheme you have the option of joining one,

2. Extra street junction protection in the form of yellow linage,

3. stay as you are.

Areas are split into zones and we are told the decision to implement a scheme is to be taken on a zone by zone basis not a street by street basis. I.e. if the majority (more than 50%) of residents in the zone want a permit scheme then one will be implemented on the basis of the one that already operates in the Scottish Streets. Although residents in this scheme are being written to regarding “tweaks” to the scheme, hopefully the suggested improvements! So if you do not think a scheme would work well in your street it is important you talk to your neighbours and urge them to reply asap! Remember, a parking permit does not guarantee you a space outside your property and you will have to pay for the permit itself, currently £25.00, but it is sure to increase next year. So, the whole of St. James could be a permit scheme area some time in the future, probably next year if the majority wants it! It’s up to you now, time to decide. The SJRA has made further recommendations such as parking restrictions in certain areas instead of a permit scheme, where it is felt this would be more beneficial, such as Park road and surrounding streets. Whatever your preference, make sure you return your form.

Enquiries should be directed to Nilesh Patel, Parking Manager, NOT the SJRA. Nilesh can be contacted on 01604 235653 fax: 01604 631028 mobile: 07738144223 e-mail:

Or contact Councillor Suresh Patel on 07884166657 e-mail:

The SJRA does not necessarily recommend or endorse any particular scheme, the decision will be entirely the residents.”


Tim said...

Something the Council neglect to mention is that once you have got one of these schemes, you can never get rid of it.

Suresh Patel (County Councillor)confirmed this to me in relation to the Scottish Streets - there is no option to scrap it.

In relation to the areas that suffer on match days, pitching it at £25 or "only 48p a day" is a bit shady for several reasons

- the actual cost to council tax payers is around £65
- in my view the people "benefiting" from the scheme should pay the actual cost, no more, no less if that is something they want, and should not be receiving a subsidised price funded by the very people who are disadvantaged by the scheme !
- the scheme is only useful on match days, so the cost per day should be based on the 20 days a year when it might actually make a difference, there is no benefit on the other 345 days of the year (and some of the matches are on Sundays, so could even be less than 20 days)

Personally, I'm disappointed that it has gone straight to painting the roads, when there are so many other more positive things that could be tried first, like selective cones, traffic management, parking on Dallington Park etc.

It seems like Nilesh Patel from the council hopes to have a job for life, conning people into getting parking schemes that can never be scrapped, by providing minimal information, understating the costs, and describing it as a "benefit" when it is actually a tax on residents.

Residents of St James deserve better.

Tim Armit
Please note : The views above are my personal view and do not necessarily accord with other members of the SJRA.

Anonymous said...

Personally i think specific time parking would be better,say 1 hour limit around the station area 9am to 11am,and 3pm to 5pm & 7pm to 9pm around franklin gardens area.Also this should be put forward to each street residents.

Dave Burton
Please note : The views above are my personal view and do not necessarily accord with other members of the SJRA.

St James End before 1965

St James End before 1965


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