New parking permit scheme for Cheltenham
Gloucestershire County Council is introducing improved parking in St. Paul’s in response to local residents and businesses.
The council began a consultation last year in response to local concerns. The result is a new scheme that will give local people a better opportunity to park in their neighbourhood, by encouraging a good turnover of spaces throughout the day, and preventing all-day commuter parking to ease congestion. This will also benefit local businesses by creating easily accessible parking close to their premises for customers.
New shared use parking zones will see non-permit holders being limited to a maximum stay of 2 hours towards the town centre and 3 hours on some of the streets closer to the University of Gloucestershire. There will also be restrictions on non-permit holders, who will be required to pay charges on some of the roads closer to the town centre and Brewery complex.
Following requests from residents, there will also be some permit holder only parking throughout St. Paul’s, to make sure there will be enough priority given to those living in the area. The roads this will come into place on are Brunswick Street, Marle Hill Parade and St. Paul’s Road.
The scheme will run Monday to Sunday, from 8am until 10pm in the areas closest to the town centre, and from 8am until 8pm in areas further away.
Work is scheduled to start at the beginning of June, with the painting of lines and new signs being installed.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “We’ve listened to local residents and businesses in St. Paul’s who’ve been finding it difficult to park near their homes and premises. The new parking scheme will help make sure there is suitable adequate parking in the neighbourhood. Parking charges for visitors will manage short-stay parking demand, encouraging the use of local car parks and reducing congestion.”
Enforcement of the new arrangements will start with a two week ‘amnesty’ period, whereby warning notes will be issued in place of fines. This will allow people to familiarise themselves with the new restrictions.
Plans showing the zone boundaries and the change in restrictions are available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parking under the ‘consultations’ tab.