The Nottingham Park Estate Regulations
At the November AGM, we asked members for their support to update The Nottingham Park Estate Regulations, as they have not been updated since 2009. We are now consulting with all residents about the changes.
First, we thought it would be helpful to clarify the arrangements for parking tickets, or parking charge notices (PCNs). For over ten years, the Estate has used a third-party company which provides a parking warden and processes the PCNs.
There is an appeal process, explained on the PCN, which involves either going online or using the contact information provided. Once the appeal is logged on the system, it is flagged to the Park Office staff, who then do various checks and make the decision about whether to grant the appeal.
The reason appeals don’t go directly to the office staff is twofold: first PCNs are surprisingly time-consuming and with a small office team, it is a better use of their time to let someone else handle the administration. Secondly, our office staff have been subject to harassment, verbal abuse and threat of physical violence over PCNs, and this gives them a level of protection. The important point is that it is Park office staff who make the decision on PCN appeals. This will not change.
To put this in context, over the last 12 months, 1,262 PCNs have been issued. Of these 489 have been appealed and 460 of those appeals have been granted. By far the largest reason for upholding appeals is when legitimate visitors simply forget to put a note in their windscreen.
It is important to note that if the PCN and follow up letters to the keeper of the vehicle are ignored, the PCN goes to the enforcement company’s debt collection solicitors. At this point the contract with the Estate ceases and it is completely in the hands of the debt collection solicitors. Office staff are not able to intervene once this happens.
This process for PCNs and appeals will not change with the updated regulations.
As the draft regulations have had a thorough revamp, we thought it would be helpful to summarise the key changes:
There are more definitions to reduce ambiguity.
Added: Blue badge holders with a parking permit may park on any single blue line on an intermittent basis.
Added: Vehicles that are untaxed, uninsured or without MOT should not be kept on Estate roads.
Added: Clarification of documents required to confirm residency for the purpose of getting a parking permit.
Added: Campervans must not be occupied (eg for sleeping) while parked on Estate roads.
Added: No wires, leads, ropes, rods, or cables should be trailed or run along roads or pavements.
Added: The Park may request that vehicles are moved for the purpose of maintenance or cleaning, with 14 days’ notice.
The term ‘fixed penalty notice’ is changed to parking charge notice.
The term ‘Peveril drive passes’ is changed to ’rising bollard access’.
Change: Parking charge notices will be issued in accordance with the information on the traffic signs placed around the Park along with the regulations, rather than in accordance with The Nottingham Park Estate 1990 Act of Parliament, which is ambiguous about parking. (Information will also be available on the Park website).
Clarification: Emergency vehicles are allowed access through the Peveril Drive bollards.
Removed: The list of sections of roads with double blue lines (so the regulations do not need to change each time these are updated).
Removed: the section on wheel clamping.
The draft 2021 and 2009 Regulations are available at www.nottinghamparkestate.co.uk
There will now be a 28-day period of consultation from 19th November 2021 and The Board would welcome comments for consideration by the 16th December 2021. All comments to be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Estate office.
As required by the 1990 Act we will be posting formal notices on each road within The Park.
The NPEL Board of Directors
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