Council moves to help improve residential parking

Thursday, 26 September, 2019

A number of parking improvement schemes are planned by Harlow Council to provide extra car parking spaces in residential estates.

Seven schemes aim to provide 74 new unallocated parking bays in some areas where parking is a real problem for residents. They are part of a rolling programme of small-scale residential parking improvements.

Two schemes, which involve the demolition of under-occupied garages, have already been given the go-ahead and work will start later this autumn. These schemes are:

Scheme Spaces
Hookfield 9
Longfield 8


A further five schemes to create 57 new spaces were submitted last week for planning approval. These are:

Scheme Spaces
Wharley Hook - off-road garage site 15
Spinning Wheel Mead 15
Land between Shawbridge and Hollyfield 12
Land between Five Acres and Barn Mead 9
Pear Tree Mead - in cul-de-sac opposite school on grass verge 6


These five schemes are subject to planning permission and survey work on underground utilities (gas, electricity and water). 

Any existing disabled parking spaces will be included in the new layouts, as will works including planting new hedges and trees to reduce any visual impact. In some areas around the town work has already taken place to stop people parking on certain grassed areas. Work to formalise car parking spaces has also taken place with new markings.

Councillor Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“As car ownership has increased in the town, so have residential parking issues. Antisocial parking now blocks our pavements, making life difficult for people with disabilities and parents pushing prams. Our grass verges are parked on, creating muddy eyesores. And those of us that do use cars become increasingly frustrated at the inadequacy of parking places. Parking is one of the most complained-about aspects of modern life that is brought to my attention.

“So we have taken action and will offer some relief to our residents. We have funds from our environmental improvement budget to provide small-scale parking solutions to some of our worst affected estates. These first schemes will be part of a rolling programme over a period of two years, providing for more and better parking. It is unlikely that we will be able to completely solve the problem; we can’t make housing estates bigger and we don’t want to tarmac over all our green spaces, but marking out spaces where parking could be better used and creating extra parking bays should bring about an improvement over time.”