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Car Parking Strategy Review

Published: 10/06/2016

At its meeting on Wednesday 15 June the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the outcomes of a review of the Councils Car Parking Strategy which, when approved by Cabinet in April 2015, included a recommendation to undertake a review one year after introduction. This review has now taken place and the views of residents, businesses and public organisations have been considered. As a result of the feedback received, a number of changes are being proposed: Following the pilot scheme in Holywell, parking permits to be issued to businesses and residents who are located closest to a short stay car park. The cost of the permit will be the same as for a long stay car park. The number of permits issued to be capped at 20% of the overall available spaces leaving sufficient space for shoppers and visitors. At the request of an individual Town Council or Town Trade forum ‘double ticketing’ be introduced. Ticket machines in these areas to be configured to produce two tickets on payment of the correct tariff. One ticket to be displayed in the vehicle and the other to be used to obtain a refund from participating businesses. A list of businesses offering refunds to be clearly displayed in each car park. Provide local businesses with the opportunity to advertise on the back of the parking ticket. Usage levels in each of the car parks to be monitored and reviewed to validate current long or short stay classifications. Monitoring the usage of disabled car parking spaces to ensure provision is appropriate and sufficient. Similarly a review of motorcycle spaces to be carried out. A review of signage in each car park to be undertaken to ensure users are provided with clear information about the need to pay and applicable tariffs. The number of ticket machines available in each location to also be reviewed. A review of the availability of short stay on street parking in the areas surrounding each town be undertaken to provide, if possible, some free short stay parking for quick visits to the town centres. Consideration will also be given to the possibility of allowing disabled spaces to become dual use, allowing drivers with young children to park in the spaces in some car parks. Flintshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “The tariffs people pay to park are used to maintain and improve car parking facilities. Sharing the costs between all car park users helps the Council protect other vital services, such as social services and education, which are under threat from continued budget reductions. “Pay and Display parking is here to stay in Flintshire, however, it is important we collect and listen to the feedback we receive so that we can improve the experience of car park users and local businesses.” Following consideration by Overview and Scrutiny the report will be presented to Cabinet on 21 June.