25 November 2016
People are being asked for their views about how Cheshire West and Chester Council can increase the quality of car parking facilities and develop a fair and consistent service across the borough.
The Council is developing a parking strategy for the borough and is launching a public consultation on the initial recommendations made by independent consultants.
The preliminary findings in the draft report cover a wide range of parking issues, including supply and demand, parking locations, on- and off-street parking, charging, car park quality and enforcement. The main proposals include:
The public consultation will take place over 12 weeks from 25 November and will include drop-in sessions at 10 locations across the borough.
- The need to address parking pressures by exploring the feasibility of acquiring land for parking and the potential for multi-storey or decked car parks in certain locations, including at some railway stations.
- Improving the quality of the Council’s car parks and raising the standard of the most used car parks to the best industry standard.
- Updating car park technology to provide greater choice and flexibility for customers by providing a range of payment methods; including card, phone and account payment options.
- Introducing modest charges at some car parks to ensure there is sufficient, good quality, secure car parking available and to be consistent across the borough.
- Introducing a range of more flexible offers as a possible alternative to current concessions such as discounts for motorists arriving before 8am and after 10am, having participating retailers refund or part-pay for parking charges, discounted evening parking, weekend discounts and offers during quiet seasonal periods.
- Introducing parking charges in car parks for Blue Badge holders to contribute to parking provision and enable investment to be made to improve the size, quality and number of disabled spaces across the borough.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Our population and car ownership rates are steadily rising and land available for car parking is decreasing.
“Over the coming years, the Council needs to find ways to invest in additional parking provision, improve the quality of car parks, support local business, manage traffic flow and reduce congestion, while at the same time protecting the environment and public health.
“There is an imbalance at the moment, as residents and businesses in some areas are paying for parking and others are not.
“It is important to stress that at this stage we are only consulting on the proposals made by the independent consultants and no decisions have been made.
“They include some better alternatives to current parking concessions that will appeal to a wider range of motorists and help to cut congestion, while continuing to support businesses.
“We are seeking the views of all interested parties and we will be having conversations with groups representing the disabled to obtain their views on proposals to charge Blue Badge holders for parking which has been introduced in other areas across the country.
“I hope as many people as possible get involved in this consultation and share their views and ideas.”
Drop-in sessions, which will be led by independent consultants, have been organised across the borough to give residents the opportunity to give their views. The drop-in sessions will start on Tuesday 29 November and continue through to Tuesday 24 January 2017.
You do not need to register, just turn up on the day. The dates, venues and other details are as follows:
There are also a number of other ways to have your say:
The consultation ends on 24 February 2017 and the new Parking Strategy will be finalised in the middle of next year.
- Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 3pm - 7pm at Chester Town Hall, 33 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ (Chester and Farndon)
- Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 3pm - 7pm at Northwich Memorial Court, Chester Way, Northwich, CW9 5QJ (Northwich)
- Monday, 5 December 2016, 3pm - 7pm at Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BG (Ellesmere Port)
- Thursday, 8 December 2016, 3pm - 7pm at Frodsham Library, Princeway, Frodsham, WA6 6RX (Frodsham)
- Tuesday, 13 December 2016, 3pm - 7pm at Neston Library, Parkgate Road, CH64 6QE (Neston, Parkgate and Willaston)
- Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 3pm - 7pm at Weaverham Community Centre, Russet Road, Weaverham, CW8 3HY (Weaverham, Cuddington and Sandiway)
- Thursday, 12 January 2017, 3pm - 7pm at Tesco, Chester Road, Helsby, WA6 0DJ (Helsby)
- Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 3pm - 7pm at Co-Op, The Cross, Malpas, SY14 8NQ (Malpas)
- Thursday, 19 January 2017, 3pm - 7pm at Winsford Lifestyle Centre, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AD (Winsford)
- Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 3pm - 7pm at Tarporley Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0AY (Tarporley, Tarvin and Kelsall)