Consultation status: closed 19 May 2017
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to install an 18 meter long P5 (five-minute parking) Loading zone parking for goods vehicles only outside 58-60 Queen Street. The P5 parking restriction Loading zone (for goods vehicles) would apply at all times.
Why the changes are needed
Due to major refurbishment, the property at 58-60 Queen Street (The Grand Windsor Hotel) will require an increase in loading and unloading demand. A P5 loading zone will encourage faster turnover in an area with high parking demand.
The proposed loading zone will service the hotel, as well as nearby shops and businesses.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After consideration of comments and feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with changes to the next stage of detailed planning. The change involves removing the ‘Goods Vehicles’ designation from this proposal.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Suggestion that this will require enforcement as many loading zones in the area are misused. The parking restrictions will be enforced as part of our officers’ regular patrols. Outside of working hours this would be applied when AT receives a complaint.
- Concern that because only the 'Goods Vehicles' are allowed here, those in residential apartments in the area would not be allowed access to the loading zone and this would also impact local businesses as customers wouldn’t be able to stop to shop or pick up goods. After consideration of comments and feedback received during consultation, we have decided to remove of the ‘Goods Vehicles’ designation from this proposal. If a vehicle is left unattended and the occupant is clearly observed loading or unloading goods, they may stay longer than 5 minutes.
- Suggestion that the P5 restriction is too short to move large items. The 5-minute limit for loading zones refers to the length of time that a vehicle can be left unattended while engaged in loading or unloading.
- There are already many loading zones in the area and with the addition of this one it will decrease the aesthetics of the road with more heavy goods vehicles around. Currently, each recessed bay on Queen Street is a loading zone for goods vehicles between the hours of 6am and 11am and a P15 at all other times. This proposal is not increasing the number of loading zones rather extending the operational hours of one of them. We do not anticipate that this would lead to an increase in heavy vehicles in the area.
- Concern that with the loading zone operating 'at all times' it will be underutilised between 6pm and 8:30am. This proposal is designed to facilitate the operation of a redeveloped hotel which will be operational 24 hours a day.
- Request for additional works and making it more pedestrian inclusive on Queen Street. If you would like your request to be considered for future development works, please provide feedback here.
We expect to introduce this work starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.