I have just made a maladministration complaint to Peterborough City Council.
My complaint is that the Council
introduced parking restrictions in Park Crescent without proper consideration
of the consequences of doing so or, if proper consideration was given, then the
results were ignored. This has had a
severe detrimental effect on the residents of East Ward (Ashcroft Gardens and
roads linked thereto)
The ex-head of transport and engineering at the Council, in a moment of
extreme candour, told me that the traffic engineers did raise the issue of
displacement of parked vehicles with Park Ward Members but were told to ignore
it and introduce the restrictions anyway. I do not know whether that
statement is true, but the truth is that allowing some unrestricted parking on
Park Crescent, a wide, long road with ample clearance for vehicles and few
junctions, must be better than forcing parking away into narrow, winding
streets with junctions and entrances at regular intervals.
I have asked the Council to have this matter investigating independently, and have asked to see the files and correspondence
relating to the introduction of these restrictions. I want to know:
what procedures should
be followed when introducing parking restrictions (generic procedure note)
what procedures were
actually followed in this case (timeline and event log)
what consideration should
have been given to the issue of displacement of parked vehicles (normal
what consideration was
actually given to the issue of displacement of parked vehicle (evidence of
what correspondence took
place with Park Ward Councillors about the Park Crescent restrictions (please
supply copies thereof)
I'll keep residents appraised of how the complaint goes.
The redress I am seeking is to allow some parking again all day on Park Crescent, possibly only for students, to reduce the danger inflicted on East Ward by the initial (maladministered) ban.