*Updated 21 December 2022*
The consideration of parking restrictions in Purlieu Way and Harewood Hill has been on-going for some time. In 2007, Essex County Council introduced one hour ‘no waiting’ restrictions in a number of residential streets in Theydon Bois to prevent commuter parking. The number of restrictions in the area gradually increased such that Purlieu Way and Harewood Hill are now the only remaining unrestricted streets in the village.
Following resident requests for ‘no waiting’ restrictions in Purlieu Way, one hour ‘no waiting’ restrictions were advertised by NEPP in August 2021. The proposed introduction of ‘no waiting’ restrictions lead to both agreement and objections throughout the consultation period for these proposals. In light of the objections received, the Council decided to undertake a more detailed review to determine how necessary restrictions may be
Following consideration of the report arising from this review, NEPP did not feel the implementation of restrictions which prevent all-day parking is appropriate or necessary. However, we recognised that our position could change if the demand for commuter parking increases to pre-pandemic levels.
The report recommends that, for safety reasons, ‘no waiting at any time’ restrictions should be considered on the curvature in Purlieu Way. It is likely that NEPP will propose these ‘no waiting’ restrictions later in the year.
Further details of the findings from the original survey and analysis of the questionnaire responses received can be found below.
December 2022 Update
As a result of a call-in to the decision made at the November 2022 JPC meeting – which was to implement an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for single yellow lines in both Purlieu Way and Harewood Hill – a further survey of residents was agreed to take place due to the weight of objections being received.
This survey was posed to all residents of both Purlieu Way and Harewood Hill to understand the current feeling of residents. The survey results can be found in the Supporting Documents below. A non-response to the survey was counted as a vote in favour of the decision.
These results were presented to Members at the December 2022 JPC meeting and in light of there not being a supermajority of at least 70% in favour of restrictions being implemented, which was a condition of the call-in being withdrawn, Members made the decision to withdraw the decision to implement an experimental TRO and also to not implement a further review period of restrictions in these roads.
What happens next?
All decisions made by the JPC at a committee meeting are subject to call-in and for this reason we are unable to confirm or implement a decision until the call-in period has passed. Due to this, the process will now continue as follows:
- the minutes of the December JPC meeting will be published on this website early in the New Year
- the call-in period must expire before a decision can be implemented – this is three whole working days after notice of publication of the meeting minutes
- residents will be informed by letter drop after that, to formally confirm the decision made
Types of Parking Restrictions
Click here to find out more about some of the most common parking restrictions that we enforce.Parking Restrictions