Survey launched in bid to introduce pilot residents’ parking in Marlborough
Another bid to introduce a residents’ parking scheme in car clogged Marlborough is being made with the launch of a survey to discover whether people would support one.
More than 200 survey questionnaires have been delivered by CRAMP – Cars, Residents and Marlborough Parking – seeking their views and asking whether they would pay around £100 for an annual permit to park in their street.
And they have been distributed by Marlborough activist Val Compton and her neighbour Abby George (pictured) in the Kennet Place area, where Val originally asked Kennet District Council to consider such a parking scheme in 1996.
And it is an area where parking has resulted in slashed and let down tyres, frayed tempers and verbal abuse in the past as residents have fought to protect “their space”, adding urgency to the problem.
“Mention parking in Marlborough and everyone goes into eye rolling or rant mode – quite understandably,” says the CRAMP survey introduction. “It’s a pain. So some of us have informally got together to try and sort it out under the name of CRAMP.”
“This is the first step to achieving a better system of parking for everyone – residents, workers and shoppers. It’s taken a very long time to get to this point and we are now ready to launch a survey to establish support for a residents’ parking scheme.”
Val’s persistence has resulted in Wiltshire Council and Marlborough town council supporting the survey, the town council covering printing and some postage costs. Initially it is for her own Kennet Place locality as a pilot operation but the aim is to cover the whole town using detailed maps that Wiltshire has provided.
“I now have to create several zones in Marlborough and survey each one,” explained Val. “I need to see what problems arise and, if needed, to make any necessary alterations to the survey questionnaire to ensure that everyone has their say.
“I am hoping the Chamber of Commerce will start to quantify the workers’ parking required in Marlborough, though I haven’t re-opened discussions with them yet. Paul Shimell, the new president, has plenty on his plate till the New Year.”
“But I think the Kennet Place car park, now standing half empty because of increased charges, would make the perfect place for low paid workers to park.”
“If every business employing people as volunteers or on the minimum wage could buy season tickets at the same sort of £100 rate as residents, then it would solve quite a problem.”
The current aim is to ensure the return of all the survey questionnaires, some 25 having already arrived and others going to the town council’s own offices.
“Then we can take the next step forward,” said Val. “It may be a long uphill climb to get this campaign to come to fruition but after 15 years -- and with the parking situation getting worse -- something has to give.”