Alastair Majury on Dunblane Community Parking Survey Results

Councillor Alastair Majury

Dunblane Community Parking Survey Results

Sunday 13th May to Monday 25th June (extended from Monday 18th June)

Acknowledgements

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and local businesses who helped to draft the questions that were incorporated into the survey. I would also like to thank the local businesses who helped to distribute and promote this survey both online and offline, also everyone who helped to distribute the survey door-to-door, word of mouth, and online, and finally for everyone who took the time to complete the survey.

Distribution

The survey was available online via the SurveyMonkey platform and paper survey (the paper survey included the link to the online survey) and was promoted on Facebook via my local councillor’s Facebook page (Alastair Majury for Dunblane & Bridge of Allan), door-to-door (although unfortunately not as many were able to be delivered via this method as I would have liked), and via the Dunblane Post Office.

The Facebook post had achieved a “13,406 People Reached” helped by 34 shares of the post, overall a total of 710 responses were received, 623 responses were completed online, and 87 paper surveys collected. 569 respondents identified as being a Dunblane Resident, 32 as being either a Dunblane Business Owner or an Employee of a Dunblane Business, 29 as a Regular User of Dunblane Train Station, 77 as a Regular Visitor to Dunblane, and 3 respondents skipped this question.

For context the recent consultations have resulted in:

Ø Cathedral Streetscape 2ndConsultation — Circa 300 survey responses

Ø Cathedral Streetscape 1stConsultation — Circa 500 survey responses

Ø Stirling Road Access for All Project Consultation — Circa 200 responses (80 detailed surveys completed)

Note as per the Cathedral Street Scape 2ndconsultation 60%+ will be used as a threshold to indicate whether or not what was asked was strongly supported or opposed, 50%+ will be used to indicate whether or not what was asked had support or was opposed. An additional level of 70%+ will be used to indicate whether or not a proposal has very strong support or very strong opposition.

Note as per the Cathedral Street Scape 2ndconsultation no possible sources of funding have been identified for anything that was asked here, which I believe is right as sources of funding should be identified once community support for a project has been obtained rather than vice a versa.

Please note that all of the questions and results are included in Appendix 1, and comments are included in Appendix 2.

Additional Background from Stirling Local Development Plan 2018:

The Council has supported the community in Dunblane to prepare a vision and strategy for Dunblane town centre and its immediate environs through a community-led charrette. The outcome of the charrette is a vision which states: “the Dunblane community wants the town centre area to be a vibrant, healthy, inclusive place for people to live, work and visit” and
five principles for the future development of the town centre: vibrancy and sustainability; accessibility; capitalising on our natural and built heritage; supporting community cohesion; and meeting the future needs of the community.

These principles have been used to create an outline spatial strategy, which identifies a series of civic hubs and spaces and sites where future planning briefs can set out community ambitions to proactively guide proposals for new development and an 18-point community action plan for the town centre. Among these actions are the development of proposals to enhance the riverside area and Millrow and to explore options for reimagining the dual carriageway.

Source: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/__documents/planning-and-the-environment/ldp-2018-modified-plan/part-1-settlement-text-draft-20_04_2018-rfs.pdf

Results

Question 1- Should Dunblane have on-street Pay & Display parking?

Background:

Currently outside the City of Stirling Dunblane is the only area within Stirling Council to have on street Pay & Display parking. Note that outside the City of Stirling both Callander and Dunblane have Pay & Display car parks.

Summary of Result:

34.09% support Dunblane having (retaining) on-street Pay & Display parking.

12.45% were unsure

53.47% oppose Dunblane having on-street Pay & Display parking

Recommendation:

That Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane include a consultation on the removal of on-street Pay & Display within Dunblane.

Bridge of Allan’s Community Council consultation on parking has recommended not introducing on-street Pay & Display, so removing on-street Pay & Display from Dunblane would restore consistency both within the ward and with the wider Stirling Council area.

Question 2- Now that the Allan Water bridge has had a substantial six figure sum spent on it bringing it up to full structural integrity that would be able to support having cars parked on it. Should the bridge be returned to a position where cars can park on the bridge?

Background:

Timeline of work relating to the Allan Water bridge:

Ø In the year 2000 — Concrete extensions are assessed as weak during an evaluation of all structures in relation of their ability to carry 40-ton lorries. The bridge was narrowed to a single lane and bollards used to prevent vehicle access onto extensions.

Ø In 2004/05 — Wire Mesh installed along concrete parapets. Assumption is that this was to close gaps between the concrete pilaster.

Ø In 2014 — Design of new bridge extensions begins in May. The original extensions were built circa 1927, and had an assumed 100-year design lifespan, and were in a dilapidated condition. It was deemed that a full replacement was preferred over a shorter-term repair, and that this would be required to be completed before the Streetscape works commenced. Design works completed in June 2015.

Ø In 2015 — Bridge construction begins 2nd November. Road reopens in time for Dunblane Fling on 28th May 2016.

Ø In June 2016 — Streetscape works commence. Bulk of the works complete by Jan 2017

Note that over £500,00 has been spent on strengthening the Allan Water bridge and related work.

Summary of Result:

62.11% support the bridge be returned to a position where cars can park on the bridge.

9.3% were unsure

28.59% oppose the bridge be returned to a position where cars can park on the bridge.

Recommendation:

Given the strong support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane include a consultation on parking be restored on the bridge now that the completed work has restored the structural integrity to support this option.

Given that parking spaces are at a premium at the centre of Dunblane, and that the community has waited over a decade for the bridge to be returned to a position to support parking on the bridge, it is right that this option is presented to the community of Dunblane.

Additional Recommendation:

Perhaps outwith Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane, the council could pick up with local community organisations such as Dunblane in Bloom in order to establish where permanent planters may be desirable, the wider community can then be consulted on any proposals for new permanent planters.

Question 3- Should Stirling Road (near the Post Office) be returned to a state that would allow parking on both sides of this road again?

Background:

As part of the £1.27M Stirling Road Access for all Project that was awarded the top prize at the 2017 Cycle-Rail awards under partnership working, an additional/third footway (pavement) was added to Stirling Road (as part of a wider piece of work) that reduced the community from being able to safely park on both sides of this road to only being able to park on one side of the road.

Leading to anecdotal evidence that people’s carbon footprint was increasing as due to being unable to park in Dunblane they travelled by motor vehicle to post offices and other shops in other communities with more widely available parking.

Summary of Result:

60.56% support Stirling Road (near the Post Office) be returned to a state that would allow parking on both sides of this road again

7.75% were unsure

31.69% oppose Stirling Road (near the Post Office) be returned to a state that would allow parking on both sides of this road again

Recommendation:

Given the strong support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane include a consultation on Stirling Road (near the Post Office) be returned to a state that would allow parking on both sides of this road again.

This would increase parking capacity allowing people to return to using the local businesses rather than travelling further afield and hence reducing the overall carbon footprint of the community.

Question 4- Should the layout around the Dunblane Train Station be looked at to see if a Taxi / Drop-Off spot can return to being next to the platform entrance/exit again in order to maximise accessibility for all users including the elderly?

Background:

Originally there was a Taxi waiting area next to the platform entrance and exit that people also used to pick-up and drop-off passengers. Whilst the Stirling Road Access for all Project that was awarded the top prize at the 2017 Cycle-Rail awards under partnership working retained a Taxi waiting area this moved to be next to a shop opposite the train station entrance as opposed to the platform entrance. For elderly and less able bodied people whilst the distance is small in absolute terms it is large relatively speaking compared to the facility that was available prior to the Stirling Road Access for all Project was completed.

Summary of Result:

73.47% support the layout around the Dunblane Train Station be looked at to see if a Taxi / Drop-Off spot can return to being next to the platform entrance/exit again in order to maximise accessibility for all users including the elderly.

6.67% were Unsure

19.86% oppose the layout around the Dunblane Train Station be looked at to see if a Taxi / Drop-Off spot can return to being next to the platform entrance/exit again in order to maximise accessibility for all users including the elderly.

Recommendation:

Given the very strong support for this option, and although given the pedestrianisation of the parking spaces that were previously at the station make this difficult. I recommend that council officers propose a layout that would allow a Taxi waiting area to be available much closer to the platform entrance as possible.

And then that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane consult on this proposed change to the layout.

Question 5- Should the council investigate options of converting the Millrow carpark to a multi-storey car park?

Background:

This idea has been around the community for a few years now, so was asked in order to gather community opinion as to whether or not this is a desirable idea to be pursued or not.

Summary of Result:

32.15% Support the council investigating options of converting the Millrow carpark to a multi-storey car park

9.21% were unsure

58.64% Oppose the council investigating options of converting the Millrow carpark to a multi-storey car park (of which 38.1% Strongly Oppose the proposal).

Recommendation:

Given the strong opposition to this proposal that this is not included in Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane.

It should be noted that Council Officers are investigating a site that would provide additional (non-multi-storey) commuter car parking, and that if this site is a viable proposition that this work should be continued. If timing allows that this be included in Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane.

Question 6- Should the council investigate maximising the parking capacity for commuters on the old dual carriageway (B8033) that runs through Dunblane?

Background:

Currently a section of parking on the North bound section of the old dual carriageway (B8033) that runs through Dunblane has been removed from commuter use without creating additional commuter parking elsewhere increasing parking pressure elsewhere within the community.

Given that the Stirling Local Development Plan 2018 states, “These principles have been used to create an outline spatial strategy, which identifies a series of civic hubs and spaces and sites where future planning briefs can set out community ambitions to proactively guide proposals for new development and an 18-point community action plan for the town centre. Among these actions are the development of proposals to enhance the riverside area and Millrow and to explore options for reimagining the dual carriageway.”, then special care should be taken to consult as widely as possible on this topic and depending on the result of the consultation update the 18-point community action plan as applicable.

Summary of Result:

61.83% Support the council investigate maximising the parking capacity for commuters on the old dual carriageway (B8033) that runs through Dunblane

10.7% were unsure

27.46% Oppose the council investigate maximising the parking capacity for commuters on the old dual carriageway (B8033) that runs through Dunblane

Recommendation:

Given the strong support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane include a consultation on investigating how to maximise parking capacity for commuters on the old dual carriageway (B8033) that runs through Dunblane.

If the Council’s consultation also indicates support for this proposal then the 18-point community action plan should also be updated as applicable.

Question 7- If on street Pay & Display parking is retained with Dunblane should all Pay & Display machines offer a free parking time period? (Currently you can press the button twice to get 2 hours free parking for B8033 machines)

Background:

The non-commuter parking section of the B8033 has on-street Pay & Display however if you push the ticket button twice you are issued a ticket enabling you to park for up to two hours for free. However not all of the on-street Pay & Display machines within Dunblane have this option, this inconsistency leads to confusion and poor understanding that this option is available.

Summary of Result:

81.1% support that if on street Pay & Display parking is retained with Dunblane should all Pay & Display machines offer a free parking time period

13.28% were unsure

18.08% oppose that if on street Pay & Display parking is retained with Dunblane should all Pay & Display machines offer a free parking time period

Recommendation:

Given the very strong support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane indicates that on-street Pay & Display should be retained in Dunblane, that would be contrary to the results of this survey, then that all on street Pay & Display machines in Dunblane should offer the free parking option.

Question 8- Should appropriate parking restrictions be put in residential streets that are close to the train station in order to discourage the use by commuters but will allow residents to continue using their street?

Background:

Prior to the reduction of commuter parking on the B8033 some residential streets were under pressure as a result of commuters, with the reduction of available commuter parking on the B8033, has worsened this situation.

Summary of Result:

68.64% Support appropriate parking restrictions be put in residential streets that are close to the train station

13.28% were unsure

18.08% Oppose appropriate parking restrictions be put in residential streets that are close to the train station

Recommendation:

Given the strong support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane, Council Officers should identify appropriate Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) that could be put in place on residential streets impacted by commuter parking and present these options in the community consultation for the public to identify the most desirable option.

(Final) Question 9- Would you support converting suitable lamp posts that along the dual carriageway and in the centre of Dunblane to Electrical Vehicle charging stations? (No additional Street Furniture required)

Background:

An alternative to dedicated Electric Vehicle charging stations are known as ‘Socket Networks’ — taking supply from existing street furniture a brief overview being:

· An innovative solution which enables users to plug into existing electrical infrastructure, such as streetlights.

· The infrastructure itself is simple and low cost, but importantly is configured so as to remain inert until activated by the user.

Streetlight requirements:

· Front of footway location

· Grid connection — 3.7kw, 16a, single phase

· Single switch ability of grid connection

· Lamp column with 140mm minimum diameter

· Integration of the socket

However, after setting this question it was established that not all of Stirling Council’s streetlights are suitable for this type of conversion, accordingly this question can be used as a proxy to determine community support for Electric Vehicle charging that minimises the visual impact of any additional street furniture that is required.

Summary of Result:

56% Support converting suitable lamp posts that along the dual carriageway and in the centre of Dunblane to Electrical Vehicle charging stations

19.89% were unsure

24.12% Oppose converting suitable lamp posts that along the dual carriageway and in the centre of Dunblane to Electrical Vehicle charging stations

Recommendation:

Given the support for this option that Stirling Council’s consultation on the individual parking management plan for Dunblane should include a consultation on Electric Vehicle charging in Dunblane, including both the visual impact and the impact on parking capacity.

Summary of Recommendations:

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on removing on-street Pay & Display parking in Dunblane.

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on restoring parking on the Allan Water bridge.

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on restoring parking on both sides of Stirling Road

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on restoring a Taxi waiting area closer to the platform entrance

Ø Stirling Council not to consult on building a multi-storey car park in Millrow

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on maximising commuter parking on the B8033

Ø (Conditional) Request that Stirling Council consult on having a free parking option for on street Pay & Display parking

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on implementing traffic restrictions on impacted residential streets

Ø Request that Stirling Council consult on Electric Vehicle Charging options for Dunblane

Appendix 1 — Raw Survey Results

Appendix 2 — Comments Received

Note that by including comments received the author is not expressing an opinion either in favour of or against the comment, as many comments received as possible have been included for transparency and for any qualitative analysis.

Comments:

I have completed questionnaire but feel one vital component is missing. We are under siege from commuters from as far afield as Perth and Aucherarder. Rather than proposing to destroy the town centre further with suggestions of a multi storey car park in the Millrow the problem could be solved by the local authority purchasing the land around Stevensons abbatoir now out of business and make it into a pay and display. A short walk through the tunnel wd take you to the station. As it was Scotrail who started the whole parking fiasco by advertising free parking spaces in Dunblane which did not belong to them but to stirling Council they cd be approached for a contribution. As a resident of 25 years I am getting tired of living in a giant car park and of seeing transport cash wasted on the mess up at the railway station not to mention the new concrete carbuncle which is still sticking out like an eyesore. A much tougher approach is needed to restore pride in the town and stop any more cash being wasted on pressure from the green lobby. Find me a commuter in a three piece suit with a leather briefcase who pedals to the station. No, they clog up the dual carriageway or get a partner to drop them off in a Chelsea tractor.!time for a radical change and not more ill advised tinkering. The land at stevensons which is too near the sewage works in terms of housing would seem to be the answer.

I’d like to see more consideration to EV charging infrastructure, both Rapid (brief stops for journeying) and Destination (slower for longer periods / unattended).
In addition to the (75% government funded) Lamp Post plan, we should have a number of Rapids (max stay of 30 mins or so to avoid use as parking, rather than charging, bays) installed around the town and at least in the main car parks (Millrow, Station and Haining).
Also, we need tourist footfall for the High Street businesses and need to make provision for coach parking, perhaps at top of High Street, before the Four Ways roundabout with drop off nearer gold post box. Or, possibly, with drop off around station and parking on dual carriageway.
Or, again possibly, use the strengthened bridge for coach parking. That would be fantastic for attracting larger tour buses as well as the HighlandCoo/Haggis/Rabbies/Timberbush type smaller coaches.

I’d like to see the polis book inconsiderate drivers who break the law when they park on junctions, park on pavements and block access to private property when dropping and picking up children from school

I live in the high street one of the residents leave his own car it is one day it was a Monday all day

They have done it again

WHAT, have they NOT got the signs in Gaelic to really confuse the motoris. Stirling Council is anti-motorist no nothing they do surprises me

All councils in Scotland need to have motorhome parking near town centres or aires like France etc, motorhomes spend money in towns and villages IF THEY CAN PARK CLOSE.

Dunblane toon centre awe shambles now, parking there’s a joke!!!

Some people keep there car all day in the high street one of the residents have done this as some you can over the other side

The current policy is killing the shops on the high the street. If you have a treatment at Alaska Beauty or need to see the pharmacist, it may take longer than 30 mins. Or you can only stop for one item of shopping and then have to go stop spending money.Joke!

There is no room for other car to pack as some residents keep the car all day

I’m fed up with our wee city looking like a car park for commuters. This doesn’t help the high street at all.

We should investigate free parking for residents for 3–4 hours to cover lunch/shopping/funerals etc.

Investigate a shuttle bus for those less able/not inclined to walk to station and High Street at “peak” morning, noon and night times from “outer area” eg barbush, sheriffmuir Road, etc

Free parking for two hours but you must display a ticket…..Please explain how you can display a ticket without putting a payment in to machine, it is not explained on machines??

You are so right there is absolutely no guidance on the machines to advise how a free ticket can be obtained. Stirling Council trying to con more money out of people, pure and simple!

Stirling council shambles it will end up like Stirling zebra crossings on corners and most shops closing down as they have killed the town for traders (Barton street and Murray place and king street ) council don’t have clue good luck Dunblane

Yes totally stupid idea whoever came up with zebra crossings on corners of road. Came across one going round into Barnton street where the swimming pool used to be. Straight off a set of traffic lights. Arrgh

In my humble opinion, and speaking in general about public spending, not necessarily Stirling Council….
At best, it’s contractors selling naive and inexperienced buyers things that they don’t need, justified usually with fear or dressed up as investment.
At worst, it is rampant cronyism where the council buyers make work for their contractor buddies (allegedly). Pointless road furniture (disguised as traffic calming) and unnecessary works (dressed up in BIDs and street-scaping) seem to be the current flavour of the month.
The lampposts on Perth Road have been replaced three times in 15 years (granted the second set snapped in half (did we get a refund from the manufacturers, I wonder)). In the same period, the same 15–20 pot holes from poor quality and collapsed reinstatements have only ever been badly patched over (with that stupid hot tar blower), usually a month before an election.

You can’t see the lampposts on the Perth Road as they are totally obscured by the overgrown trees.

Please look into charging cars who park all day on Perth Rd carriageway. As commuters do not bring money into Dunblane.

There are only two disabled parking spaces in the high street more needed.

Can we have cycle parking at the Post Office?

Why not have (EV Charging) in Tesco and M&S car parks so people can charge whilst they are shopping.

Parking Discs not meters (referring to if Dunblane should have on-street Pay & Display).

At the Dunblane Forum (pre-2000) when the community discussed having a multi-storey car park at Millrow the police vetoed the idea.

We need Park & Ride for commuters in Dunblane

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.