Over 2,000 residents took part in a consultation on Portsmouth's parking strategy during autumn 2023, with the majority of respondents agreeing with draft policies.

Portsmouth City Council has considered all the feedback, which has shaped development of the Portsmouth Parking Strategy which is set to be discussed at an upcoming transport decision meeting.

Designed to support everyone who lives or works in the city as well as visitors, the council’s draft parking strategy aims to enhance travel options and alleviate parking congestion for people in the city, as well as encouraging the use of sustainable transport alternatives.

With Portsmouth’s unique geography and history contributing to parking pressures, the strategy aims to address these challenges while aligning with key initiatives such as the Portsmouth Transport Hub, South East Hampshire Rapid Transit, and the decarbonisation agenda.

The strategy was developed collaboratively with input from various stakeholders and underwent extensive public consultation from September 18 to October 29, 2023. Over 2,000 responses were received, reflecting a broad range of perspectives across age groups and geographic areas.

The consultation revealed broad support for the draft objectives and policies. Of those who responded, 68% supported the objectives set out, with only 12% disagreeing.  The final draft strategy incorporates changes based on feedback including clarifications on policies, more resident parking zones in the city and a range of other actions, including plans to increase the amount of people using Portsmouth Park and Ride.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We know that parking can be a significant issue in Portsmouth, so I welcome the opportunity to discuss solutions that will make it easier for people to park their vehicles, whether at home or while visiting shops or attractions in the city. I look forward to discussing the parking strategy at my decision meeting.”

The parking strategy is a vital component of the Portsmouth Transport Strategy and compliments the emerging Portsmouth Local Plan, and seeks to optimise existing resources, including repurposing underused car parks in the city centre to enhance productivity and economic benefits.

Moving forward, the strategy will guide decision-making processes, ensuring that future initiatives contribute to the city’s long-term strategic objectives, including economic growth and environmental sustainability.

For more information on the parking strategy, visit https://travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/driving/draft-parking-strategy-consultation/. Detailed results from the consultation can be found at https://yourcityyoursay.portsmouth.gov.uk/draft-parking-strategy-consultation-2023/.