At the Guildford Borough Council (GBC) 8 October meeting to debate the e-petition to remove the "No Return" policy the Council passed a motion by 24 votes to 13 (with 4 abstentions) to review the parking order at Kingston Meadows as soon as practicable, whilst the existing regulations remain in place, and to implement a new regulation that removes the no return element and introduces one free period of four hours with returns allowed (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm).
However this vote appears to be advisory and no decision was actually made. The matter was referred to the GBC Executive which meets on 22 October - when a paper will be presented and officers will be available to advise on implementation issues.
Susan Murray, the petition organiser spoke for her allotted five minutes along with a number of councillors including Chris Barass. The majority were in favour of change and they recognised that a 'one size fits all' approach to solving a commuter parking problem at Stoke Park was not appropriate for all car parks in the borough (especially 'community car parks' like Kingston Meadows). Concerns were raised about the challenges of implementation.
If and when the parking regulations are changed could take a several months, especially if the Council incorporate it into a review of the car parking business plan scheduled for January. Chris Barrass pointed out in the debate that if the matter was going to take 3-4 months then the Council should suspend the existing regulations. We will wait to see what the GBC Executive say but an immediate suspension would make sense until the proposed changes can be agreed and implemented.
EHPC will keep you informed.