|Uppingham Car Parking Working Group has completed its review of pay parking in the town and will be making recommendations to the Community and Environment Scrutiny Panel on Tuesday 2 September.|
A Working Party of the Community and Environment Scrutiny Panel was set up in September 2002 to conduct a fundamental review of parking in Uppingham. Following extensive public consultation, it presented its initial proposals to the cabinet in February 2003. The cabinet requested a further report with detailed costings, revenue projections and research into the work needed to implement the proposed fundamental changes to the parking arrangements in the town centre.
Based upon the views of the working party, the community and environment scrutiny panel will make recommendations to the cabinet on Tuesday 9 September 2003. If the cabinet approve the recommendations, formal consultation will take place. Any objections raised will be brought back to cabinet to consider whether to amend the proposals or implement them.
The working party recommendations for off-street parking include:
Introducing a pay and display parking scheme from 8am to 6pm every day on North Street East Yarn Merchantís Car Park and North Street East Mercerís Yard Car Park. Annual season tickets would be available and a token fee of 5p would be charged for parking for the first hour.
Making North Street East Yarn Merchantís Car Park a long stay car park and North Street East Mercerís Yard Car Park a short stay car park restricted to a maximum three hours parking with non return within two hours.
Introducing limited waiting of one hour maximum on Queen Street Car Park.
Providing motorcycle and bicycle parking in the car parks.
The working party recommendations for on-street parking are:
Introducing a residentís parking permit scheme for town centre residents for dual use parking. A dual use parking system allows residents with no off-street parking places to park all day in designated areas whilst time limited waiting is applied for all other users.
Amending the current two hour waiting restriction in Uppingham Market Place to one hour maximum stay with non return within two hours.
Chairman of the community and environment scrutiny panel, Ruth Archer, said: ďThe car parking situation in Uppingham town centre is becoming increasingly difficult with the finite amount of off-street spaces available falling far short of demand, resulting in an increase of parking on-street. Our proposals aim to address these parking problems and give priority to residents while still providing enough parking for shoppers and visitors to the town.Ē
The main problems facing the town are:
Many residents do not have off-street parking at their properties and use the spaces on-street or in the car parks. They struggle to find spaces near their properties during the day because shoppers take up these spaces.
Shoppers and visitors find that the car parks fill up early with employees in the town and there is little or no turnover of spaces.
The initial proposals of the Scrutiny Panel Working Party to address these parking problems in the town were presented to the public at the open meeting. These were generally well received with positive feedback. Consultation in 2001 had shown roughly 25% in favour of parking charges, and 65% of town centre residents in favour of residentís permit parking.
Rutland County Council own three formal off-street car parks in Uppingham which provide the majority of spaces for the town in addition to the on-street facilities. These car parks are North Street East (Yarn Merchants) with 48 spaces, North Street East (Mercers Yard) with 40 spaces and Queen Street which has 11 spaces.
The meeting of the community and environment scrutiny panel will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 2 September in the Martinsthorpe Room, Rutland County Council.
start: Thursday 28 August 2003