Residents' Parking - Your Views NeededLast updated: 12 December 2012 10:42 UK
We're seeking your views on improving current and future residents' parking schemes in the city. There are no plans to remove any exisiting residents' parking schemes.
Our first residents' parking scheme began in 1999 with the aim of improving parking opportunities for residents and ensuring businesses were catered for. There are now more than 30 schemes, with differing time restrictions, depending on what residents asked for.
When residents tell us they have parking problems, we take series of steps to understand the details. If a majority of residents vote for a scheme, it is introduced and permits are issued. The first permit is free for qualifying residents, with a charge for further permits. All business permits are charged for. Short-stay visitor permits can also be bought.
The council doesn't make money from residents' parking schemes. The system costs us about £120,000 a year, with the money going on set-up costs, signs, road markings, adminstration, free permit production, maintenance and enforcement, as well as the initial survey process.
Cllr Jason Fazackarley, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "This is a compact city with limited road space, so it's important we make best use of what is available and deliver what is best for the city and residents. It's our aim to improve the existing schemes as well as any future ones. Some of the issues we're trying to resolve are displacement of vehicles, scheme operation times, visitors and enforcement. We want to know your views on the residents' parking situation in the city and any suggestions on how it can be improved."
The consultation closes on 28 September 2012 and we plan to publish the next steps following this consultation in a later issue of Flagship, along with a summary of responses.
Please fill in our online survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/pccresidentsparking
If you have a question call us on 023 9283 4355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org