The Competition for Kerbspace
On-Street Parking in Residential Areas
A common approach to this difficulty is to instigate residential parking zones. These may be so extensive so as to either:
- create such a distance from their outer edge to the town
centrethat the demand for on-street visitor and worker parking diminishes (the workers prefer and accept a town centrepaid parking spot over the long walk) or
- the zone extends into and up to streets on which there is little or no demand from the local residents for on-street parking as those properties have
off streetparking within their curtilage and there is no conflict.
The approach adopted by authorities in many towns and cities is to extend the zones in response to actual complaints of conflict for space between residents and workers. Many authorities rely on a minimum number or quantity of residents supporting the introduction of a zone before progressing. This approach thus relies on a problem occurring before the Council reacts. This process of continuing extension can go on for many years and to the general dis-satisfaction of residents and to the reputational detriment of the Council as the issue is merely pushed a little farther out at each extension.
To be effective, Residential Parking Zones do require enforcement and administration. It is for this reason that it is common for Councils to apply a charge to residents for any parking
A key principle for any residential parking zone is for the number of permits issued to be controlled by the available