Cotswold defers decision on future of parking

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Cotswold defers decision on future of parking

Cotswold District Council's Cabinet has deferred a decision on its future parking strategy to gain a clearer picture of the county councilís plans for on-street parking.

At their meeting yesterday (Sept 21), members of the Cabinet also gave the public extra time to comment on the draft report and called for more responses.

The report was commissioned from independent consultants to look at all aspects of parking in the Cotswolds - including on-street parking and residents schemes, as well as charges, usage and season tickets in CDC car parks.

Responsibility for on-street parking issues, such as yellow lines, is due to be transferred from the police to Gloucestershire County Council next year.

But, said Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, CDC could not move any further forward with its strategy before the County makes it clear how on-street parking will be managed.

Cllr Stowe said after the meeting: "We'd like to make it very clear to our residents and visitors that on-street parking is not within our remit and until we know what the future holds, we are not able to come to a view on our own parking strategy.

"As we already operate car parks across the District, we think it would be very useful if on-street parking was also dealt with by the district council, so that parking issues in our Cotswold market towns could be approached in a joined up way.

"We are waiting to see what the County decides to do and will revisit the strategy when we know more."

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Development Services and the Environment said: "We commissioned this report because we know there are many issues with parking to be addressed in the Cotswolds. We're keen to make sure there's enough space for people who work, visit and shop in our market towns.

"Given the strong public reaction to increases in car park charges in 2004, we were very keen to consult as widely as possible on this draft report. We were disappointed not to receive more responses from the public and other interested parties, notably Cirencester Town Council and the town's Chamber of Commerce.

"The report contains a lot of useful information and possible recommendations for an approach to parking in the Cotswolds. However, I would stress that no decisions have yet been made and we would welcome more comments from the public before we produce our strategy."

The report can be viewed on the Council's website at www.cotswold.gov.uk


Posted : 22/09/2006 17:25:19

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