Parking fight will go to the top, says Keynsham resident

Published on: 03 May 2013

Parking fight will go to the top, says Keynsham resident

A Keynsham resident who has spent six years campaigning for a residents-only parking zone in his street says he is prepared to take his battle to the top if there is no progress soon.

Steve Rich, who lives in Dapps Hill, off Temple Street, said he will take his case to the chief executive of Bath and North East Somerset Council, along with police logs and pictures of the “irresponsible” parking he says is plaguing the area.

He has met with MP Jacob Rees-Mogg on several occasions, as well as approaching the highways and parking departments at the council.

Mr Rich said problems had worsened for residents since work began on the regeneration project last year.

He said: “I haven’t seen the street empty for weeks and weeks. The parking problems are seven days a week now. We get the overflow from the leisure centre, the pubs and shoppers.”

Mr Rich said he fears the level of traffic in the area from non-residents and parking on grass verges is a risk to pedestrians, especially to the schoolchildren who use the route.  

B&NES Council consulted residents on a parking scheme in 2011 but said there were not enough responses to approve the proposal.

The authority agreed to revisit the scheme this year and a council spokesperson said: “The Cabinet will shortly be considering a timetable for reviewing residents’ parking, including Dapps Hill. The council fully acknowledges the undertaking given by the Cabinet to look at this location again.”

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