Residents parking reviews announced in Gloucestershire
By Sophie Ladd | 2nd September 2021
Residents in Kingsholm in Gloucester and All Saints in Cheltenham are being asked for their views on new proposals to free up parking spaces for households, with an informal consultation now open for people to provide their feedback.
Residents have eight weeks to have their say on a potential new and improved permit scheme aiming to make it easier for them to park closer to home.
Issues have been raised by residents in the review areas and the county council want to make sure parking provision in Gloucestershire is still fit for purpose. Potentially introducing a permit scheme is one way which could prioritise residents' vehicles over other users.
Parking for non-residents will still be available in off-street car parks.
Residential areas in Stroud are also in line for a parking review later this year and the county council will be working with Stroud Town Council once their plans to improve the town are finalised.
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.
Councillor Dave Norman, cabinet member responsible for parking, said, "Following requests for improving parking provision in these areas of the county, 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."
Councillor Jeremy Hilton, local member for Kingsholm, said, "The parking survey carried out in 2020 showed that a number of streets in Kingsholm were severely congested with parked cars and some roads were near to their capacity. Many residents do not have off street parking and find it very difficult at times to park their cars near to their homes. I'm therefore pleased that the county council is now carrying out a public consultation on parking in my division. I encourage everyone to have their say."
View the plans and give feedback online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parkingreviews
The consultation questionnaire will be open to comments between 31 August 2021 and 15 October 2021.
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