June 4, 2023
Photo: Galina Kozheurova/Kommersant

In the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg on May 16, the working group on paid parking met for the third time and discussed the sore point of the residents of the center: how to close their yards from those who will rush into them in order to park for free. The officials did not do their homework, but the deputies gave them options for solving the problem.

With the introduction of paid parking in St. Petersburg for residents, a problem arose – to isolate themselves from the “parkoons”, who began to hide their cars from the fee of 100 rubles per hour. Fontanka has already shown how it looks in the central regions. A month and a half is left before the introduction of paid parking in the Petrogradsky District, and a little longer before it arrives on Vasilyevsky Island, this will happen in the fall.

Almost all specialized city committees were invited to the working group, headed by United Russia Alexei Tsivilev: Property Relations, the Urban Planning Committee (CGA), the Housing Committee and the Improvement Committee. The only thing missing was the KKI, and the deputies wanted to ask him for raising the level of tension in society, namely, the demolition of uncoordinated fences that residents put up.

In December 2022, a meeting was held in Smolny headed by Vice Governor Kirill Polyakov. According to the deputies, officials were instructed to figure out how to simplify the procedure for coordinating the installation of barriers for residents. At the meeting of the working group, it turned out that five months had passed, but the executive power had not developed any proposals during this time.

Deputy Chairman of the Property Relations Committee Maria Melnikova gently explained that there was no direct procedure for installing restrictive devices in the city, and also that residents can put up a barrier in one case: if the site under the house is cadasterized and is common property. Not all houses in the city center can boast of this, moreover, in some cases, even when the site is allocated, there is no adjacent territory according to the documents, because the site itself is decorated according to the edge of the house.

“That is, we always rest on the availability of a land plot,” the official spread her hands.

Ekaterina Trenina, head of the legal department of the housing committee, added: the barrier is an element of improvement, its installation is regulated by the relevant rules and requires the development of an improvement project, which must be approved by the city planning committee. In general, even if the house has a plot, and the yard is within its boundaries, installing a fence according to the rules is still a quest.

But if you put a barrier without approval, it will stand exactly until the first complaint from any person directed to the Our St. Petersburg portal. Officials are obliged to respond: they conduct an inspection, and if it turns out that the structure was delivered without permission, an order for dismantling will be issued. And at the same time, the owners of the fence will receive a fine. Indeed, on the portal many such complaints.. A shaft of messages after July 1 is already expected in the administration of the Petrogradsky district, where paid parking will start working on that day.

But the most difficult question is how to put barriers on undemarcated land owned by the city. The answer to it at the working group did not sound.

On the other hand, a categorical statement was made by the representative of the KGA, Elena Kramskaya: if the site is not registered, the committee cannot give permission to install a barrier. But the deputies argued with this.

Deputy Natalya Astakhova recalled that the officials from the KIO themselves at the December meeting assured that it was possible to close the non-cadastral yards. The member of parliament explained that federal law requires access to the territory – but not passage. Astakhova interpreted this as follows: if barriers were installed through which a pedestrian would pass, but a car would not pass, such a decision would not contradict the letter of the law.

Astakhova said: the property relations committee has an administrative regulation, from which it follows that it is possible to restrict travel even without a registered land plot. To do this, residents only need to hold a general meeting of owners and make such a decision (although this task is not easy in practice). Probably, we are talking about the regulation, which was approved back in 2021. order No. 32-r.

Mikhail Amosov (Fair Russia faction) suggested not waiting for the officials to figure out how to make life easier for the townspeople, but directly registering permission to put up fences with the help of the law. Briefly, the initiative may look like this: to allow the yards to be closed based on the decision of the owners of the house at the general meeting and to prescribe “informational” points, for example, whose barrier it will be and who should monitor it.

Another decision to simplify the procedure was made by a representative of the housing committee, Yuriy Sergienko: instead of a more complex landscaping project, coordinate the fences in the yard on the basis of an approval sheet, as happens in the case of placing an air conditioner.

Another proposal related to how to legalize the use of urban land by residents, it was introduced by auto expert Dmitry Popov: to lease a piece on which the barrier will directly stand for a symbolic 1 ruble. Another similar proposal is to rent the entire yard from the city as an alternative to cadastral surveys. The idea was voiced by the head of the Sachs Budget and Finance Committee, Mikhail Baryshnikov, who explained: this is how the problem of the owners’ unwillingness to register the land as adjoining property can be solved, because after that, the owners of the house themselves will bear the costs of maintaining and landscaping this territory. By the way, even for those houses that want to get such a plot, to achieve this from Smolny doesn’t always work out.

An interesting way out of the problem, albeit a partial one, was found by the officials of the Vasileostrovsky district. Deputy head of administration Vladlen Rodionov said that in the historical part of the island, in a number of courtyards, the process was launched not formally of installing new gates, but of restoring the old ones. To do this, a trip was made to the archival committee – to search for information about the houses that had gates before. As a result, some of these gates should be delivered as part of the restoration under the Heritage program, and some as part of the overhaul program.

The first question is: who exactly will maintain this structure – the owners or the authorities. Obviously, the installation and operation of the barrier will entail some additional costs and the need for organizational work.

Moreover, since access to the yard must be provided for special services – for example, ambulances and utilities, there must be a dispatcher who can do this around the clock. And again, it’s the cost. Automatic opening of the fence – more costs from above and coordination of cable laying with power engineers.

The next meeting of the working group is scheduled for June: deputies will gather without officials, in a narrow circle, to summarize the information and think about developing a simplified procedure for installing barriers in the form of a law. Obviously, before the beginning of the courtyard collapse in the Petrogradsky district in July, they will not have time to solve the problem. There is still an opportunity to save Vasilyevsky Island from yard “parkoons”.

Irina Korbat, Fontanka.ru

Photo: Galina Kozheurova/Kommersant

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