Improved parking for residents and shoppers in Cheltenham
After concerns from residents, new permit parking is planned for Lansdown, the West End and near the train station in Cheltenham this winter.
Commuters working in the town or using the railway station take parking spaces in these areas, making it hard for residents to park near their homes. The new permit scheme allows residents to apply for a parking permit and includes restrictions for visitors. The council wants to encourage people who commute in cars to consider different ways of getting to work.
Experience from elsewhere in the county shows the changes will also improve footfall for local businesses, giving better access for visitors and residents.
In the summer, the council asked for views on proposals to make parking easier for local people. Feedback has helped the council make further improvements to the plans so they work better for people.
These include removing restrictions at quieter times; all-day parking in some quieter areas around Lansdown; more free parking spaces for visitors; keeping short stay parking on the High Street; and allowing overnight parking on Millbrook Street/Great Western Terrace.
Around the train station, plans have been adapted to allow free parking for visitors on Roman Road and keep unrestricted parking on the south side of Kensington Avenue.
In Lansdown, unrestricted parking will stay on Drakes Place.
The full plans can now be seen at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parking.
Local businesses will benefit as it will be easier for shoppers or clients to visit them. As part of the new scheme, they will get support from the council to design travel plans for their staff, helping them adapt to the changes. To take advantage of this help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said, "We've listened carefully to the feedback we've received from local people, councils and the MP about on-street parking.
"There are a lot of short distance car trips into the area, particularly around the station. People commute into the area by car and park for long periods of time which makes it hard for local people and visitors to the town to find a space.
"We now have a scheme we think works for residents, businesses and visitors."
The changes will come into effect by spring next year and plenty of advance notice will be given in the local press and with signage in the area.