Harrow Court - Resident Permit Parking

Closed 17 Aug 2018

Opened 27 Jul 2018


We have been asked to consider the introduction of an on-street Residents Permit Parking scheme in Harrow Court, due to parking pressures in this area of Reading.

An informal consultation was conducted in January this year, the results demonstrating that there was majority support for further development of a scheme.

Detailed proposals have been developed and we are now seeking your feedback on these designs in this further informal consultation.

Designing a parking scheme

When designing any parking scheme, there are many factors to consider:

  • The restriction – The original consultation letter provided an overview of the types of parking restrictions that are available to us and the considerations of each.
  • Parking bays – The bays need to be sufficiently wide to accommodate modern cars, as being parked outside of a bay could not only restrict the remaining road width, but also be considered as a parking contravention. We typically design our bays to be 2.1m wide.
  • Remaining road widths – We must ensure that the width of road available to moving vehicles is sufficient to accommodate emergency service vehicles, as well as delivery vehicles and general traffic, for the entire length of the street. This will influence whether we are able to design a scheme with bays on both sides of the street, or an alternative solution needs to be adopted. Such alternatives could include:
    • Bays on one side of the street, with double-yellow-lines on the other side; or
    • ‘Permit parking past this point’, which has no bay markings and puts the responsibility to park appropriately onto the motorist.

The scheme that we have initially designed is based on bay markings, as this indicates the maximum number of spaces that can be provided in the area using this method. The shared-use element allows time-limited daytime visitor parking without permits, which can assist with visiting friends, family or tradespersons.

The permit parking past this point restriction would involve the removal of all existing parking restriction signing and lining, except existing double-yellow and any centre lines (any existing bay markings would be removed) and there would simply be signs at the entrance to Harrow Court stating the restriction and consideration of any new double-yellow-lining that we may wish to introduce to protect certain problem areas. This restriction would require all parked vehicles to have a resident parking permit.

On this page you will find a document that contains the design proposals for this area scheme. You will also find a document that contains the ‘additional information’ that formed part of January’s informal consultation pack, as a reminder of the available restrictions and consultation area. These documents can be found below in the 'Related' section. 

Should you have any feedback on specific details of the designs, we kindly ask that you complete the feedback form by clicking 'Give us your views' so that your comments may be considered. Please note that we are not seeking general support or objection to the potential introduction of a Resident Permit parking scheme at this time.

What Happens Next

Your feedback will be considered and the designs may evolve accordingly. It is intended that final design proposals will be reported to our Traffic Management Sub-Committee at their meeting on 12th September 2018. At this meeting we are intending to seek approval to conduct a formal consultation on these final designs.

The formal consultation will provide an opportunity to formally support or object to the introduction of a scheme.


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