Parking order public consultation summary

Public consultation period

  • The public consultation period will open at 1200 hours on Thursday 13 June 2019;
  • The public consultation will be operational for 21 full calendar days;
  • The public consultation period will close at 0900 hours on 4 July 2019.
  • How can I comment or object?

Cheltenham Borough Council is working towards a safer and cleaner town.

Why are we doing this?

The council’s cabinet approved a strategy entitled ‘A place-based approach to town car parking and access’ in June 2017, to guide and equip the authority to handle changes in transport and parking arrangements in the town up to 2031.

Where the council wishes to make changes to its car parking arrangements, our duty under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, is to publish a notice in the local paper; you can download copy of that notice.

The Council debated a motion on whether to declare a climate emergency in February 2019 - view the minutes of that debate and the resulting resolutions.

What are we doing?

Summary of changes as advertised

Change

Reason for doing so

Removal of Sandford Parks Lido car park from the Order to allow for direct management by the leaseholder (currently Sandford Parks Lido Ltd)

The council currently manages the Lido car park on behalf of the leaseholder.

This change will allow the leaseholder to directly manage the car park operation, set parking tariffs, arranging maintenance and associated enforcement arrangements.

It will also allow the leaseholder to consider more flexible payment options which could, for example, be linked to Lido season ticket arrangements.

In addition, the direct control of the car park will allow the leaseholder to directly manage planned capital investments and improvements, which are likely to involve temporary disruption to car parking arrangements and accessibility.

Introduction of revised tariffs and restrictions in existing CBC public car parks:

Charges are levied in order to help manage parking demand and associated car journeys and are set at a level designed to encourage more sustainable transport modes, including bus travel and walking and cycling, particularly for shorter journeys.

This approach has positive environmental benefits in terms of helping to manage traffic volumes and the associated noise, air pollution and carbon emisions that are contributing to global heating.

Walking and cycling also have positive health and well-being impacts.

Whitefriars (at Sixways)

  • To prevent long-stay car and van parking
  • To encourage parking turnover which facilitates public access to local shops and services
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, lining, green planting, bins etc.

Pittville Pump Room

  • To prevent commuter and student long stay parking
  • To prevent the car park being used as a “through road” at peak congestion times (in particular, school drop-off and pick-up times)
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, lining, green planting, bins etc.
  • To ensure that the business operated from the venue and associated events can be effectively managed and parking impacts controlled

Albemarle Gate

  • To help prevent commuter and student long-stay parking
  • To prevent long-stay car and van parking
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, lining, green planting, bins etc.

Lansdown Place Lane – include within the Order and apply appropriate charges

  • To prevent long-stay car and van parking
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, re-lining, green planting, bins etc.

Church Piece, Charlton Kings – include within the Order and apply appropriate charges

  • To prevent long-stay car and van parking
  • To encourage parking turnover which facilitates public access to local shops and services
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, re-lining, green planting, bins etc.

Sherbourne Street - include within the Order and apply appropriate charges

  • To prevent long-stay car and van parking
  • To provide funding to help facilitate car park maintenance, enforcement arrangements and capital improvements, such as boundary repairs, resurfacing, equal access arrangements, re-lining, green planting, bins etc.

Muncipal Offices rear car park, Royal Well Road – include within the Order

  • To allow enforcement to prevent unauthorised and long-stay car and van parking
  • To control permit parking arrangements and disabled parking by blue badge holders in disabled parking bays for up to 1 hour (for access to CBC offices)
  • To facilitate access by delivery and maintenance vehicles

Blue badge parking - existing blue badge parking charge arrangements are confirmed, providing 3 hours free parking for blue badge holders in all CBC car parks except Regent Arcade, where the general parking tariffs will continue to apply. Note: Blue badge holder stays over 3 hours to be paid for (i.e. from 4 hours to all day)

In recognition of the difficulties which some disabled people have in accessing the town centre by alternative travel modes.

Regent Arcade is the highest quality CBC car park and the car parking tariff structure is designed to reflect this. In addition, an enhanced level of disabled blue badge parking provision has been provided at that location.

Season tickets – to include flexibility across all car parks for the introduction of a season ticket option, based on a formula relating to the parking day rate for the car park concerned.

To provide a market value alternative to customers wanting to pay for parking each day, based on a formulaic calculation, which has regard to the prevailing parking day rate.

Possible 61% reduction in the size of St George's Road car park, as a result of a proposed land transfer to Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). The council (CBC) is working with GCC and the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (Glos LEP) to help deliver a development project known as ‘Workshop Cheltenham’ which it is proposed will sit on land to the rear of the children’s library in Chester Walk, (adjacent to St Mary’s Church). Workshop Cheltenham will provide a vibrant and well connected business start-up space, to help the development of innovative new enterprises in support of the town’s economy. The development would involve a land swap between CBC and GCC, with CBC transferring around 61% of the St George’s Road car park to compensate for the loss of GCC-owned parking at Chester Walk, which the Workshop Cheltenham project is looking to acquire. If the development does not proceed for any reason, the car park at St George's Road would stay as is. If the development goes ahead, GCC intends using the land for car parking in conjunction with the Magistrate's Court building (which already forms some of the current parking demand at th site0) and CBC is looking to transfer some of its own staff permit holders to an alternative site to help mitigate the residual loss of publicly available spaces. Further details regarding this scheme can be found on the PublicAccess system under planning reference 19/00204/FUL.

Related documents

How can I comment or object?

By email to: parkingconsultation2019@cheltenham.gov.uk

In writing to:

Parking Consultation 2019
Municipal Offices
Promenade
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 9SA

Responses received by email only will receive an automated acknowledgement.

Updates on the outcome of the consultation will be published in due course at www.cheltenham.gov.uk/parkingconsultation2019