New parking restriction rescinded

Councillor Jeff Potts has passed to The Knowle Society a letter he has received from Toby Wilson, Parking Services Manager at SMBC indicating the Council’s intentions with respect to the recently amended parking restrictions in Knowle’s car parks.

Thank you for your [Jeff Potts’s] recent emails regarding the new signs in the Knowle car parks, I am sorry to hear these have caused the confusion and distress experienced over the last week. Given the nature of the feedback from the residents you have described we have clarified our position with our legal services. I am arranging to have the no return condition removed from the signs, no later than Monday 25 January 2010, by having a small overlay placed over the ‘No return on same day’ and the associated part in the information section.

We will also not enforce any ‘No Return’ contravention in any of these car parks while this amendment is outstanding. Upon completion vehicles will be permitted to return to any part of the car park once the maximum stay has been exceeded. Should a vehicle remain in the same bay for a period longer than the maximum stay advertised they may be liable for a PCN. I would also like to advise you that we have not issued any Penalty Charge Notices in Knowle for returning to the same car park in the same day.

I hope this will resolve the situation for you and the residents in the area. I would like to highlight that parking restrictions and enforcement in these car parks is intended to support the residents, visitors and business within the village centre by ensuring parking is available. I would also welcome any further feedback you have either from yourselves or residents that may be useful in managing these car parks to support the village centre. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me directly on 0121 704 6111.