From: Cllr Charmaine Morgan
Dear Mrs Featherstone, Traffic Orders Section
I am writing in response to proposals to place parking restrictions on St Catherine’s Road. I am writing in my capacity as a Charter Trustee and a District Councillor for Grantham St Vincent’s Ward whose ward/ residents and businesses will be negatively impacted by the change.
St Catherine’s Road is a wide road leading from the town centre into leafy residential streets which have a high density of Victorian housing. As such there is a consistent issue with the lack of available on street parking in the area.
When the Savoy cinema planning application was submitted concerns were raised then that it would impact on available on- street spaces. It was considered that Welhan Street car park would not have the capacity to cope with the demands of the cinema, shoppers, council workers and postal vans, This concern remains.
Helping to mitigate against this concern, the parking in St Catherine’s Road afforded convenient overflow spaces at no cost to visitors and without taking residential parking spaces. With the cost of living crisis affecting all of us keeping costs down should be a consideration.
The St Catherine’s Road area affected by the LCC proposal is between the approach to the traffic lights at the junction with London Road/Wharf Road and St Peters Hill and a pedestrian crossing. As a result of daytime queuing traffic, the two sets of lights, and access off St Catherine’s to the NHS facility car park at the junction, speeding is rarely an issue in the area.
I am unaware of any accidents being reported here.
There used to be parking available both sides of St Catherine’s Road. The uphill spaces supported the small businesses in the parade located on the left hand side of the road. A few years ago these spaces were removed with a detrimental impact on the businesses/shops there.
Now, instead of parking directly outside the undertakers, dentist, florist or other business it is necessary to park in Welham Street Car Park in the day and then cross over the road. Pedestrian safety was not a key concern then clearly.
Removing what on-street parking is left will worsen the situation for those businesses and residents in the vicinity.
The traffic flow in the evening on St Catherine’s Road does not warrant a 24/7 ban on on-street parking. People park along the road now without hindering the flow of traffic. There is a need to revisit the lines due to the parking associated with the cinema but no more than restrictions up to 6pm are needed at the most. More than this will be a sledge hammer to crack a nut.
It feels at times necessary to remind LCC Highways that St Catherine’s Road is not just a thoroughfare. It is an important local road serving our local community too. A balance needs to be struck.
1. Restore the uphill spaces outside the parade of shops
2. Mark out spaces on the opposite side of the road so people aren’t tempted to go too close to the NHS site corners and Welham Street corner or block the new cinema parking spaces.
Ideally enable parking all day outside the cinema and Welham St Car Park but at worst enable overnight parking from 6pm to 08:00am to support the night time economy and minimise the likely detrimental impact on nearby residential streets especially Dudley Road and those off London Road.