Stroud parking review announced
Gloucestershire County Council is now ready to share plans for reviewing parking in Stroud, and you have until 17 December 2021 to have your say.
Residents and businesses in the north and south-east of Stroud town centre are being asked for their views on new proposals to free up parking spaces for households, with an informal consultation launching today (8 November 2021) for people to provide their feedback.
Residents have six weeks to have their say on the parking in their area and to comment on solutions to that aim to make it easier for them to park closer to home.
The feedback received will be reviewed alongside Stroud Town Council’s plans to improve Stroud, including their Neighbourhood Plan and Stroud Street Spaces Project, focussing on enhancing the parking provision in the residential areas to the north and south-east of the town centre while also taking in to account carbon emissions and active travel objectives. Potentially introducing a permit scheme is one way which could prioritise residents’ vehicles over other long stay users. However, this informal consultation is to engage in conversation and for the county council to hear what the local community think. All comments will be considered before a decision is made on whether a scheme will progress further.
This consultation focuses around on street parking only.
The county council is also keen to find out what people think of on street electric vehicle charging points in the area. As part of the consultation, possible locations will be included for new on street EV charging points in these review zones for residents to consider. These charging points will be the first of 500 double charging points (1000 charging points in total) around the county, allowing those without a driveway to consider moving to an electric vehicle to reduce their carbon footprint.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member responsible for parking, said, “We’ve worked closely with Stroud Town Council and following their requests for improving parking provision here, we’ve looked into what we can do and now we want to know what residents think of our plans. We think we could offer parking that is fairer and easier for households, and I encourage everyone affected to give us their feedback.”
Cllr David Drew, local member for Stroud central division, said, “Since being elected in May parking has been an issue raised with me by those living in my division on numerous occasions. I hope that with this review of the town centre and the residential areas around we can come up with some better solutions than are currently available. I hope that you will give us your ideas so that we can move forward on how to make Stroud a better place to live, work and visit.”
Stroud Town Council welcomes the review and wants everyone to respond to the consultation so that any decisions made take local people's views into account.
Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston said: "It's important that parking is not discussed in isolation and we are encouraging GCC to make the consultation accessible to everyone.
"While the Town Council was consulted about the engagement plan we have not yet commented details of the proposals. We are keen to see how any recommendations would work with the Street Spaces project and will make our own response to the consultation."
View the plans and give feedback online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parkingreviews
The consultation questionnaire will be open to comments between 8 November and 17 December 2021.