On-street parking charge update planned
County council’s cabinet will consider plans to bring on street parking charges in line with the cost of district council and privately operated off street car parks to help manage demand for parking and support the council’s long-standing policy for sustainable travel.
At its meeting next Wednesday 19 December, the council’s cabinet will look at proposals to update the cost of parking in on street pay and display parking bays following recent changes to off street parking charges at district council car parks. The report also proposes a £10 per year increase to residents parking permits, bringing the cost for the first permit to £60, with a £20 increase to the cost of permits for second cars. The cost of residents parking permits has not increased for eight years, and remains lower than the cost in 2011.
The plans also include the “pay per minute” model which will allow for more flexibility for short stay on street parkers and will be introduced mainly in Gloucester and Cheltenham where demand for parking spaces is higher.
Following concerns from local residents around parking by non-bus users, the county council is currently consulting on proposals to introduce parking charges at Arle Court Park and Ride. This would free up more spaces to help cut congestion in Cheltenham town centre.
The changes are in line with the council’s long-standing policy of aligning parking charges with Gloucestershire’s district councils and private operators. This encourages motorists to park off street which helps reduce congestion and improve road safety.
Cllr David Norman, the cabinet member responsible for parking said: “The charges in many of our town and city centre parking bays have not increased in more than ten years and our business and resident permit costs have been frozen since 2011 – despite increasing enforcement costs and more demand for on street parking spaces. We set our charges looking at districts’ on-street parking fees – they know their local areas best and we follow their lead carefully.
“Any money we make from parking, funds our parking service costs, with any extra going to other improvements in traffic management, road improvements, subsidised buses and concessionary transport, that help reduce the pressure on the roads."
If approved, the new charges will come into effect from April 2019.