Monday, 27 March 2017

​Parking in Central Bedfordshire - have your say on how we make decisions about parking





Central Bedfordshire Council is proposing to introduce a new set of policies that set out a framework for how it will provide for, manage and make decisions about parking, whether that's parking for residents, shoppers or commuters.

A well planned and managed approach to parking can help make our towns and local communities better places to live, work and visit. Central Bedfordshire Council is therefore asking people to have their say on how the authority manages parking and the priorities that it should be focusing on.

The Council has been considering the current need for parking, and is also looking ahead to understand what the region will need in the future, and so is consulting on its draft strategic approach to parking.

Central Bedfordshire households have a higher than average number of cars or vans, which is why parking is such an important issue. There were 157,000 cars or vans in Central Bedfordshire at the time of the 2011 Census, and 47% of households owned two or more vehicles (compared to 32% nationally).

Central Bedfordshire households have a higher than average number of cars or vans. There were 157,000 cars and vans in Central Bedfordshire at the time of the 2011 Census, and 47% of households owned two or more vehicles (compared to 32% nationally). These figures, together with the anticipated growth coming to the area, means car parking is an important issue to everyone in the region including residents, schools, commuters, shoppers and businesses.

Having a consistent approach to parking can ensure that parking in local areas can be dealt with in a fair and consistent way. Good parking decisions can also improving safety and the quality of life for our residents. As part of the exercise, the council is aiming to develop a comprehensive plan for how to manage on and off street parking; where more car parks are needed; and how best to enforce parking rules.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services said: "It's very important that we manage our roads effectively, and parking is a huge part of this. As a councilor, I'm well aware of the difficulties and frustrations with parking, but this new approach to parking can help to resolve issues..

"Central Bedfordshire is an area where we are anticipating housing growth, new transport infrastructure and new employment sites, soIt's vital that town centres, train stations and residential areas can respond to this growth in terms of parking."

The results of the consultation will help to inform a draft Parking Strategy. When this is adopted, feedback from local area assessments in key towns will be used to understand if there are any areas in Central Bedfordshire where parking needs to be improved, at which point there will be further public consultation. 

Have your say on parking in Central Bedfordshire on
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 or pick up a paper copy at your local library. This closes on 16 June 2017.