Parking issues on Intwood Road and Colney Lane and associated roads have been raised by many residents over the years and there have been numerous attempts to solve the on-street parking problems.
Two public consultations by Norfolk County Council are due to start early next year. Both are for schemes to alleviate the parking problems. They will be open to all residents in each of the affected areas. There is one scheme for Intwood Road from the junction of Keswick Road to the junction with Newmarket Road including Oakfields Road and Oakfields Close. The second scheme is for Colney Lane including Gurney Lane, Newfound Drive, Cringleford Chase and Gilbert Way (see maps).
The draft plans for consultation were drawn up following extensive discussions culminating in a public pre-consultation at The Willow Centre in September 2019. All feedback and suggestions for improvements on the proposals were recorded and fed back to the scheme designers. There was overwhelming approval for the principles of the schemes, but with many suggestions for improvements.
The bulk of these suggestions have been included in the final drawings that will be circulated as part of the consultation. The major principles of the initial proposals ─ double yellow lines to protect junctions and restricted parking Monday to Friday ─ have been retained.
The statutory consultation over the parking schemes concludes at the end of November and we had been assured public consultation by Norfolk County Council would start in December. Unfortunately, consultation with those directly affected by the scheme has potentially just been delayed by the Local Authority to the middle of January 2021 at the earliest. It is vital, however, that residents who receive a consultation letter respond to the request. If an insufficient number of residents respond or the schemes are rejected by residents, the cost of designing such schemes means that the matter will be closed for the foreseeable future and there will not be an opportunity to revisit parking restrictions for many years.
The overall draft schemes are reproduced below. The plans in consultation letters to parishioners will include more detailed plans for each area and any amendments following the consultation with statutory bodies.
Your Parish, District and County Councils have worked hard on these schemes over the last two years in response to parishioner requests and they support them as the most viable, deliverable options. Please do respond if you receive a consultation letter in the New Year.