Why the changes are being implemented?

    The Ponders End High Street project aims to improve, and better balance the experience of all road users through an improved road environment and improved pedestrian facilities. It also aims to improve bus passengers and pedestrians’ environment with upgraded bus stops and localised pavement improvements.

    The High Street is a busy area with limited space that the project aims to re-balance and re-purpose. In order to provide safe cycle facilities, on-street parking and loading provision will need to be revised.

    Project Rationale documents contains some more useful information on why the project is being implemented. This can be viewed in the document library on the project page or by clicking here.

    Why are changes to parking and loading being made?

    The High Street is a busy area with limited space that the project aims to re-balance and re-purpose. In order to provide safe cycle facilities, on-street parking and loading provision will need to be revised.

    How this will affect me?

    If you receive deliveries to your business, such as goods deliveries, the changes we are developing may alter where and when these deliveries may take place.

    We have engaged with businesses to better understand their loading needs to inform the designs. 

    Changes to parking, including Blue Badge holders are also part of the project. Please refer to the proposed designs for details of the final design changes. 

    What other changes are being made?

    Resurfacing to improve poor quality road surface and improve the overall look and feel of the high street following the proposed layout changes.

    What loading is currently provided?

    At present, loading is typically permitted adjacent to the kerb on single or double yellow lines at certain times. There are restrictions on the times vehicles are permitted to load, indicated by signage and yellow painted ‘blips’. Please see Questions on Blips and Markings for further information

    What is meant by the term ‘loading’? What could be considered as loading?

    Loading (and/or unloading) is an activity which involves the continuous movement of goods to and from a vehicle. This includes the time taken to check the goods delivered and carry out any essential paperwork associated with the delivery, such as gaining a customer’s signature. 

    Once the delivery process is complete you must move the vehicle straight away, even if it is within the maximum period allowed for loading and unloading.  

    The purchase of goods would not be classed as loading, however payment for goods on collection might be. 

    What is the difference between parking and loading restrictions?

    Parking restrictions are indicated separately to loading restrictions. 

    Where a parking restriction is in place, this is indicated by either a single yellow line, or a double yellow line. You are not permitted to wait on a double yellow line at any time, however a single yellow line you are not permitted to wait at certain times only. Refer to Q6 for a more detailed description. 

    Where a loading restriction is in place, this is indicated by either single ‘blips’ painted on the kerb, or double ‘blips’. Double ‘blips’ mean you are not permitted to load at any time, however single ‘blips’ mean you are not permitted to load at certain times only. 

    What is the difference between Single Yellow Lines and Double Yellow Lines?


    Single Yellow Lines


    Single Yellow Lines are restrictions on waiting during specific times of the day. In this section of the High Street this is currently a mixture of No waiting Mon – Sat 8am – 6:30pm or No waiting 8am – 9.30am and 4.30pm – 6.30pm. ‘Waiting’ means parking a vehicle next to the kerb. 

     On Single Yellow Lines you can:  

    • Park at any time for up to 3hrs if you have a Blue Badge, unless there is a loading restriction. See ‘Kerbside Blips’ for details about loading restrictions. 
    • Park outside of restricted hours (currently in Enfield restricted hours are usually 8am – 6:30pm unless specified otherwise). 
    • Allow passengers to get in or out of a vehicle 
    • Load/unload for maximum of 20 minutes (or 40 minutes under special circumstances) outside of restricted times. See ‘Kerbside Blips’ for details. 

     

    Double Yellow Lines

    Double Yellow Lines mean ‘no waiting at any time’ i.e. you cannot park or wait at any time. 

    On Double Yellow Lines you can:  

    • Park at any time for up to 3hrs if you have a Blue Badge, unless there is a loading restriction as well. See ‘Kerbside Blips’ for details about loading restrictions. 
    • Allow passengers to get in or out of a vehicle  
    • Load/unload for maximum of 20 minutes (or 40 minutes under special circumstances) outside of restricted times. See ‘Kerbside Blips’ for details.  

    What are ‘Kerbside blips’? What do the they mean?

    Yellow marks on the kerb or edge or the carriageway are known as ‘blips’. They indicate that loading is prohibited at certain times. Loading restrictions are in addition to parking restrictions indicated by Single Yellow Lines or Double Yellow Lines.

    Blue Badge users may not park during the hours of the restriction. 


    Single Blip

    A single blip means no loading during specific times. These times are shown on signs beside the road.


    Double Blip


    A double blip means no loading at any time.


    Double blips are only associated with Double Yellow Lines, but single blips may be on Single Yellow Lines or Double Yellow Lines

    Have Enfield Council already made their mind up on these proposals?

    Following statutory consultation and a formal governance process, a decision on the Ponders End High Street Improvements project has now been published and can be found here . The decision has been made by the Deputy Leader of Enfield Council to proceed with implementation of this project.