The view is often expressed by contractors that their sites feel they cannot stop operatives from parking legally in streets surrounding sites, when they have paid their road tax.
However, whilst this seems acceptable on the surface of it, the reality is that additional cars parking in an area, especially where there is limited space, can have a major impact and present a negative image of a construction site in the eyes of the neighbours.
Parking issues are the most common complaints received by the Scheme from the public so it is an issue sites should consider when they are working in tight locations and in built up urban areas. The Scheme often sees that when parking issues are not addressed, it can lead to a build-up of frustration and become a much bigger issue than it needs to be.
Site vehicles blocking pavements is one such issue which can cause inconvenience, especially if the public have to cross a busy road to use the path on the other side. It can also be a very serious issue for people with disabilities who rely on the path if they are unable to use any other route. The Scheme has received complaints where a vehicle has blocked a path and people in wheelchairs are having to use the road to go around the vehicle, posing a risk to both themselves and other road users.
Another common issue centres around an influx of site vehicles parking in an area, sometimes using resident spaces or just due to the sheer amount of vehicles parking on the road, making it difficult for other road users to get by, or in and out of their properties.
What a number of sites do when faced with this situation is to obtain permission from a local school, pub, community centre etc., to allow operatives to park there and then either walk in to site (where the car park is close enough), or arrange for a minibus/van to bus them on to site. In return, as a way of saying thank you for the use of the car park, sites often offer to carry out some form of work for the pub/school/community centre, such as resurfacing or repairing, or some form of building work.
When deliveries have to be made and it is necessary for vehicles to temporarily park outside of a site, those sites have found success in employing a traffic marshal to manage the flow of traffic. Some sites also operate a booking process for deliveries so that only at certain times can deliveries be made which means during peak times there is no disruption.
On other occasions where parking a vehicle outside of site parking is a necessity, a note can be placed in the windscreen giving the driver’s contact details in case the vehicle is causing an inconvenience and needs to be moved.
The key to avoiding complaints about parking is to consider the local community and think about the effect the site might be having on residents and passers-by. Communication is very important, and when there have been large deliveries, those sites who have informed neighbours about possible disruption receive a far better reaction to those that do not.
Sites should identify neighbours who have disabilities and ensure their accesses are always kept clear. Communicating with suppliers and discussing the timing of deliveries and size of the vehicles they use will also help minimise inconvenience.
Please refer to the Scheme’s Examples of Good Practice guide, for more help and advice on how to avoid parking becoming an issue. Click here for more information.
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