Have your say on car parking in Herefordshire: Do you want to see on-street charges, park and ride and real-time signs? (From Hereford Times)
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Have your say on car parking in Herefordshire: Do you want to see on-street charges, park and ride and real-time signs?
9:00am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
CAR parking in Hereford is getting a major overhaul with prices going up and the number of long stay spaces in the city centre going down.
Herefordshire Council’s proposed parking strategy - published this month - includes plans to introduce fees for on-street parking in Hereford, move long stay car parks out of the city centre and install real-time signs to help drivers find spaces.
In its consultation document, the council says charging drivers to park on the street could help reduce some of the unnecessary car journeys that cause congestion.
A feasibility study into on-street parking is expected to be carried out soon and, if “viable options” are found, could be introduced between 2015 and 2021.
There are currently more than 5,000 public car parking spaces in Hereford city.
Only half are controlled by the council. The rest are not subject to council rules and the report recognises that the availability of non-council spaces, such as the option of parking at Asda and Tesco for free, could undermine the council’s strategy, which it hopes will reduce the number of short city car trips.
The report also touches on the council’s longterm plan to develop park-and-ride stations to the north and south of the city.
Parking changes in market towns too
The consultation document says, like in Hereford, long stay parking should be located further away from town centres.
There are no plans to introduce on-street parking charges in the market towns, but the introduction of limited waiting restrictions would mean shoppers and visitors use them for one or two hours only.
The report also makes it clear that there will be charges at all off-street car parks unless there is an “economic reason” to provide off-street spaces for free.
It specifically proposes to introduce charges at Leominster’s currently free Etnam Street car park.
Residents have until December to comment on the proposed parking changes.
- Read the report in full here - Herefordshire_Council_parking_strategy.pdf