Cheltenham residents and businesses invited to have their say on changes to parking

Published
06.05.2016

Acting on feedback from a public consultation last year, Gloucestershire County Council is publishing proposed changes to parking in three zones, near Cheltenham train station, Lansdown and West End for final consultatio

To help relieve parking congestion in the area, last summer local people, businesses, councillors, schools and management at the railway station were asked about the idea to introduce permit parking in the area.

The council believes that three new area-wide permit parking schemes (a zone for each area) would help share parking more fairly, and make it easier for residents to find a parking space close to their homes.

Now that feedback has been collected and the proposals have been finalised, the council would like to share detailed plans of each zone with local people again and give them the opportunity to make comments before a final decision is made.

If the scheme goes ahead, residents and businesses would be required to buy permits to park in their street, and to buy vouchers for their visitors. However, commuter and visitor parking would then be managed to give residents a better chance of finding a parking space in their neighbourhood.

The final proposals will be published on 9th May and will be online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/cheltenhamwestreview or at Cheltenham Library in Clarence Street, Cheltenham Borough Council offices on the promenade, or at Shire Hall in Gloucester.

Anyone interested has until Tuesday 31st May to have their say.

A decision will then be made whether to implement the scheme as proposed, drop the scheme altogether, or introduce the scheme with some small changes to the proposals.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, "We want to make it easier for people in Cheltenham to park near their homes. If you live in Lansdown, the West End or near the railway station please give us your views because the final decision will be based only on the feedback we receive to this last part of our consultation."

All views must be given in writing, by letter or by email and must quote the reference number JKS/60327. Please include your name, address and postcode, and whether you are a resident, a local business owner, a commuter or have some other interest in the area.

Views should be emailed to permit.consultation@gloucestershire.gov.uk or posted to: Legal and Democratic Services, Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TG.

For more information about permit schemes visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parking.

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