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On-street parking charges survey to go out
SHOPPERS and traders are being asked to give their views about the possibility of on-street parking charges being introduced to Hereford city centre.
The Hereford Times reported in January that Herefordshire Council is considering a range of options to manage traffic flow into and around the city centre, to reduce congestion and create a safer and more pleasurable place for shoppers.
Motorists can currently park free of charge in a number of places near High Town and the cathedral.
Castle Street offers drivers a free two-hour period, while visitors can park free of charge in Bridge Street for an hour.
Vehicles can also be left in St Owen Street for up to half an hour without payment.
Some independent traders have already told the Hereford Times that they fear that the city will become "dead" if the charges are introduced and people will shop elsewhere.
And, last autumn, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said that local authorities are "failing in its duty" to small businesses and residents if it does not offer free parking for up to 30 minutes.
Herefordshire Council has said that the review will aim to support current schemes, including rationalising existing signage, having 20mph zones and adding more cycling facilities.
"The review will look at the number of street parking spaces and where they are, how current restrictions control parking and whether they are appropriate," said Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure.
"We need to understand how and what changes might better control traffic flow into and around the city centre to reduce congestion whilst supporting businesses and residents."
The council says that creating a better environment with less cars and more facilities for cycling, walking and public transport will be the basis of the next local transport plan for 2015.
The closing date to submit the questionnaire is Monday, March 17.
You can complete it online here or call 01432 349530 to request one.
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