Harrowby Street - Residents Parking
A big thank you to everyone who has signed this petition calling for 75% residents only parking in Harrowby Street.
Our street is an island of free-for-all parking whilst every other street in our area (regardless of whether or not they have off-street parking) has resident permit parking. We also just so happen to be the only street in the area directly opposite a major sector employer who frequently use our street for commuter parking.
Despite a vast majority of people in this street signing this petition for a clearly needed residents parking scheme (including every single one of the 19 houses), well above the 60% requirement set by Cardiff Council, this has been the outcome:
Labour Councillor Ramesh Patel, has blocked the scheme, despite never having visited our street and being entirely unaccountable to this electorate;
Labour Assembly Member Vaughn Gething came to our street for 5 minutes and I haven’t heard from him since;
Labour Councillor Ali Ahmed has supported this scheme and met me in person, but has of course been rendered powerless by being forced to toe a party line;
Matthew Wakelam, of Labour run Cardiff Council, has done absolutely everything he can to block this scheme.
When challenged on this matter Matthew continually responds by reciting the councils policy on resident permit parking 'where offstreet parking is available' but conveniently:
a) always omits the fact that the council can make exceptions to this policy where offstreet parking is frequently inaccessible (which our offstreet parking evidently is); and
b) has not once met with us in our street to assess the circumstances we face.