‘Light touch’ start for new parking scheme

Published on 27th January 2012

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Gloucestershire County Council officers will be taking a light touch to parking enforcement in Cheltenham’s Town Hall area when new restrictions come into force next week.

From 1st February, new restrictions introduced in Montpellier and the surrounding streets will take effect.

They include a mixture of pay and display, limited waiting and residents parking, which require permits.

However, the council is keen for people to get used to the new parking controls before starting proper enforcement.

For the first month, until 1st March, officers will be lenient in ticketing people who do not abide by the rules when parking in parking bays to ensure they have every opportunity to buy the correct ticket or permit.

However, parking on yellow lines will be enforced as usual.

The council is also writing to all residents and businesses in affected streets to remind them the new restrictions are imminent.

Changes are planned to increase the turnover of spaces near the shops and to make it easier for people to find a space.

For exact details of the new scheme and the streets affected, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/parking.

Cllr Chas Fellows, cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We started the review in this area because some residents and businesses told us they were having problems parking.

“Working with the Borough Council and in consultation with local people, we devised a scheme aimed at making it much easier to find a space.

“However, we know that it will take time for people to get used to these changes so we’ll be taking a ‘light touch’ to enforcement for the first month.

“This means drivers won’t automatically get a ticket initially, but we will be keeping a close eye on this to ensure that people are not continually breaking the rules.”

Residents who want to buy a parking permit should contact Cheltenham Borough Council’s parking team who are dealing with this on behalf of the county council.