After the success of the crossing at the Boating Lake my next highways issue was the problem of parking along Gibson Way. The residents of this road have wanted something done, and I felt the problem was important enough to spend some of my limited highways budget on.
The best solution to this problem was to extend the current parking bays to allow more cars to park off the road. The cost however was going to be around £14k.
Working with the newly formed Porthleven Residents Association and Coastline Housing it was decided that to help this project become reality Coastline Housing would contribute to the project the sum of £5500. I am extremely grateful for both the Association and Coastlines help, as without it this project would have been a lot harder to pull off.
The works is now nearly completed, and from the feed back I have so far received the residents are very happy.
It shows working together can achieve something that is of benefit to all. For me, it also allows me to spread my limited highways budget further.
Anyone who knows Porthleven will know parking is a growing problem; in some areas it is at a critical point. This I believe is due to two factors, firstly there are more cars on the road, and secondly planning policy thirty or more years ago simply never took into account the motorcar. Gibson Way is just one of these areas as originally it was a simple street with light traffic. It has now progressed to a main access road to other parts of Porthleven. This road is now struggling with the number of cars parked, and the amount of traffic using it.
There are around 70 houses in this street and most have at least one car, but in many cases there are two or three cars per household. There are a few small bays placed along this road to take a few of the cars off the highway, but they are just too small for the amount of cars now on this street. It means people then have to double park, and more worryingly park on the grass verges. This, especially when it is wet destroys these verges, and over a period of time have left deep welts in the ground.
Using a big chunk of my Members Highway budget I plan to extend these bays so they will accommodate more cars. Ideally I would have extended them the full length of Gibson Way, but that is not affordable and would run into technical problems because of utilities and driveways. The extension of the existing bays I believe is a sensible way forward, and this was also favoured option I received in response from a letter I sent to every household along this street.
The cost of extending these bays and the associated works is just short of £14k. If I had to pay this solely out of my budget then I would not be able to solve this without cancelling other projects I have planned. This budgetary issue was over come because Coastline Housing who have tenants on this road have agreed to part-fund this project to the tune of £5500. I am extremely grateful to them in agreeing to this as it shows that different agencies are capable of joining forces and solving issues that would otherwise not be solved.
I have agreed in principle to the draft plans outlining the proposals. Now these will get drawn up formally where I will then send to every household along this street to make sure they are informed and happy with this proposed work. Once this has been done and there are no other issues, work will then start. I have also consulted with Porthleven Town Councils Transport Committee who have fully supported this plan.