Car Parking Strategy Review
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
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
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
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
“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.