21 October 2016
The Department for Infrastructure is in the process of making the roads on the Rue des Prés Trading Estate main roads and changing the parking arrangements.
In April 2016 the Minister for Infrastructure made an in-principle decision to formally designate the roads at Rue des Prés Trading Estate [RdPTE] as Main Roads. This will enable them to be subject to the full provisions of the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956.
The estate roads have a long history of problem parking, but the situation has deteriorated in recent times, with a marked increase in unauthorised parking taking place on the road and adjoining verges and central reservations etc. There is concern for road safety and for the liability put on the States as the owner of the roads.
Under the present limited designation of the roads, there is very little action which the States can take, as landowner, to control unauthorised parking.
DfI has already written to businesses and residents on the Estate to let them know about the changes to come.
Following discussions with the Environment, Housing and Scrutiny Panel, DfI has devised a safe parking scheme for the area to be operated under a charged permit system, and with a number of public ‘pay-card’ spaces available. It is proposed that the charging regime will be consistent with existing charges for public parking. However some parking spaces, which have restricted usage, will be offered at a reduced rate.
DfI is updating businesses and residents with the more detailed arrangements and finding out their parking requirements. They will then need to make the relevant law changes with the aim of them coming into force before the end of 2017.