Camden seeks residents’ views on important changes to parking on housing estates
Camden Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to the way people park on housing estates to improve safety and tackle inconsiderate and dangerous parking.
A six-week consultation will ask residents – particularly those living on any of the 150 plus housing estates in Camden with street-level parking – whether they would prefer to bring parking enforcement in-line with on-street parking.
Currently, parking on estates is controlled via contract law, meaning it is difficult to identify and fine poorly parked vehicles or vehicles unfairly occupying numbered parking spaces.
“People living on Camden’s estates have raised concerns about inconsiderate parking. In some cases, bin lorries and even emergency services have been blocked by poorly parked vehicles.
“It has been difficult to enforce parking on estates, which is why we’re asking residents for their thoughts on changing the way we enforce parking on their estates to make parking safer and fairer for all.”
“The proposed changes will give the council more powers to deal with dangerous parking and will mean that those who really need a space for their vehicle on our estates, will have one.
“What’s more, with this consultation, we’ll be able to measure support for the addition of things such as extra bicycle parking or electric vehicle charging if there is extra space following the changes to parking enforcement.
“We know people will have lots of questions, which is why we’ve set up a website where you can find more information and fill out our survey questionnaire.”
A pilot project of this system has already taken place in Camden – a Traffic Management Order was implemented on the Maiden Lane estate in 2020, with feedback from residents indicating a decrease in problematic parking.
The consultation will run until midnight on Monday, 19 December. Visit estateparkingcamden.co.uk for more information and to have your say.
- Any changes to parking enforcement will be carried out by a Traffic Management Order (TMO). TMOs are commonly used on public roads but can also be used on estates. They set out who is allowed to park and when. They also allow Civil Enforcement Officers (traffic wardens) to issue Penalty Charge Notices (parking fines) to vehicles that are parked incorrectly or causing an obstruction.