As the local Highway Authority, the Council has ultimate responsibility for the effective and safe functioning of our roads and pavements. We have to take into account a great number of factors before making any changes to them.
Although the designs that residents produce are unlikely to be problematic if they follow the guidance we have provided, it is necessary that we have final approval to ensure that they do not create any problems for other residents, people travelling through the borough or in terms of maintenance or drainage.
Parklet proposals that receive initial approval may receive design input from us, this is to ensure any possible issues are solved before the parklet is installed.
At the beginning of trial, we are only approving 15 locations, so suggest one per street and work together with your neighbours to design one that suits all needs.
Depending on the length of the street we may consider two applications.
Community parklets are delivered as a partnership between the Council and residents, with each bearing certain costs and responsibilities.
We will provide and install two PlantLock planters at either end of your parklet (where these are needed) and will see to their removal when necessary. We will organise a parking suspension for your parklet and the costs associated with this, which allows your parklet to be on the carriageway.
We will provide design review and assistance to shortlisted proposals as well as a grant of £150 toward building or other costs. We will also monitor the parklet during its life.
As the parklet keeper, you will be responsible for design, manufacture and installation of your parklet. You will also need to provide soil and plants to fill the Plantlocks where they have been supplied.
It is up to you to source and purchase public liability insurance and provide proof of this to the Council. During the life of the parklet, you will be responsible for its regular maintenance and upkeep as well as for its eventual removal.
We would expect the time frame from a successful application to having a working parklet to be about 3 months.
This might be a little shorter or longer depending on a wide range of factors but one of the criteria that we are using to select successful proposals is that they be deliverable within this sort of timeframe.
The community parklet programme is delivered as a partnership between the Council and residents.
The delivery process ensures that any approved parklet is safe, legal and has been implemented with sufficient consultation with the council and the other residents of the street.
Non-approved parklets will be enforced against and removed at the expense of those responsible for them.
As the designer, builder and keeper of your parklet, you are responsible for its safe operation and upkeep.
In the same way as a car’s owner must provide third party insurance to keep their vehicle on the street, your parklet must be covered by a public liability policy to protect against any claims made against you as its owner. The policy must be sufficient to cover you up to £5 million of third party claims.
We are providing small grants to help with the costs of your parklet that can be used for this purpose if you wish.
You may find that you simply need an extension of an existing policy that you already have.
The kerbside is a finite resource with a great many competing demands placed on it that we have to balance as the local highway authority.
We may look at allowing larger parklets in future as the scheme expands, but at this time, our community parklets on residential streets are limited to a single parking space.
This is for you to decide with your neighbours and the other residents on your street.
Think about what type of parklet you are putting forward and how this might work best in the street layout.
We will review the location proposed and provide advice on locations, if the initial location is not suitable. For example, we recommend that you do not place a parklet at the end of a street, near a junction.
We will have to take other considerations into account before approving a location. It may not be possible for us to approve the location that you suggest.
Unfortunately this might happen, we would want to see support but appreciate not everyone may be in favour of your proposal.
Think about location and any specific concerns that are raised.
Can you amend your proposal to address the issues that are causing concern before you apply?
Parklets sponsored by and placed outside commercial premises form a separate future programme that will be developed out of the lessons learned from the community parklet programme.
We have delivered a few temporary parklets which can be seen around the borough, these are public spaces and anyone can use these.
For more information or to discuss a parklet outside of commercial premises, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is already an option that allows for temporary street closures for street parties and / or play streets.
A one day installation is more suited to these type of uses.
Enquiries regarding parklets and this programme can be sent to email@example.com.