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North Somerset Car Parking Review Consultation

Posted on 17th February, 2020

 

 

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North Somerset Car Parking Review

14 Feb 2031 Mar 20

"...looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choice..."

 

North Somerset Council is:

"... reviewing parking in North Somerset and are looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choices ...

 

First, [NSC] asked town and parish councils to let [it] know the best way for [it] to gather this feedback. [How did BPC respond?] 

... Some tariffs in car parks and on the roads in Weston will become cheaper, while fees will be introduced to other areas and charges will become more consistent across North Somerset [See report here] 

... [NSC launched] an online questionnaire to help you think about the key issues and help [it] understand how people use the parking available now, and how and where they would like to see changes in future. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/carparkingreview 

 

... If you would like to raise concerns that you feel haven't been addressed in the questionnaires you can speak to a representative from your town or parish council or your North Somerset councillor. They will collate and share with [NSC] a combined set of comments for your area 

 

... Once all the feedback has been collected transport teams will use it to develop detailed proposals for each area. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given in the coming weeks.

 

See previous Your Neighbourhood Consultation.

 

Information on Statutory Consultees.

 

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Full extract from NSC Consultation website 17 Feb 20:

 

"North Somerset Car Parking Review

 

We are reviewing parking in North Somerset and are looking to understand the fairest way to manage parking in our communities and help encourage lower carbon choices in line with our climate emergency declaration.

 

We have to:

  • Make sure the finite number of spaces we have allow people to park when needed
  • Encourage turnover in our town centres to give retail businesses more potential customers
  • Consider the safety of everyone who travels in areas where on-street car parking is allowed
  • Raise enough money to cover operational costs, including maintenance and enforcement
  • Encourage people to consider making sustainable travel choices

 

A cross-party working group of councillors from across the district have drawn up the proposals.

 

A detailed report outlining the proposals was presented to the councils Executive Committee in January 2020. You can read the report here.

 

Tell us what you think!

 

We invite you to respond to our questionnaires to help us develop our parking proposals. We are looking for feedback to help us decide on how new parking controls will operate in each area of North Somerset. After the consultation closes work will be undertaken to design final details. The detailed proposals will then be subject to a further statutory consultation before changes can be adopted.

 

If you would like to raise concerns that you feel haven't been addressed in the questionnaires you can speak to a representative from your town or parish council or your North Somerset councillor. They will collate and share with us a combined set of comments for your area. You can find the details for your town or parish council on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/parishcouncils or your North Somerset councillor at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/findmycouncillor

 

Your answers to the questionnaires will be used alongside the feedback from town and parish councils to help our transport policy officers develop the details of the proposals. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation, before bringing a report back to the Executive for a final decision. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given."

 

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Full extract from NSC Consultation website 16 Feb 20:

 

"About the car parking review

 

Changes to car parking charges are coming to North Somerset this year and we want your help to shape the plans. In January our Executive agreed to several changes to what and where people will have to pay to park.

 

But before the plans are finalised, we are collecting feedback from communities to help us design the best approach for each area. First, we asked town and parish councils to let us know the best way for us to gather this feedback. We planned to launch the consultation on Monday 10 February, but have put this back to Monday 17 February to make sure we are able to incorporate all the comments we have received.

 

The proposals were drawn up by a cross-political party working group in response to residents’ calls for a fairer approach to parking. Some tariffs in car parks and on the roads in Weston will become cheaper, while fees will be introduced to other areas and charges will become more consistent across North Somerset.

 

The changes aim to make sure parking is managed in the best and fairest way possible, to encourage turnover of visitors to town centres, to make sure any fees are reasonable, and to cover the costs of enforcement in paid for and free spots. In response to the climate change emergency declared by the council last year, the changes also aim to encourage people to choose different ways to travel. If you have substantial comments or concerns you should speak to a representative from your town or parish councillor, or your North Somerset councillor, so they can collect and share with us the best information for your area. You can find the details for your North Somerset councillor on our website at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/findmycouncillor 

 

Next week we will launch an online questionnaire to help you think about the key issues and help us understand how people use the parking available now, and how and where they would like to see changes in future. Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/carparkingreview on Monday to take part. It will be open until Monday 16 March.

 

Once all the feedback has been collected transport teams will use it to develop detailed proposals for each area. There will then be a legal process we have to follow, which usually includes a statutory consultation. The earliest new charges are likely to be seen is the summer, but this will depend on the feedback we are given in the coming weeks.

 

Car parks where new charges are proposed Clevedon – Great Western Road East Clevedon – Great Western Road West Clevedon – Marson Road Nailsea – Clevedon Road Nailsea – Station Road Portishead – Roath Road

 

Areas where new on-street charging is proposed Clevedon town centre Clevedon Hill Road area Clevedon seafront Leigh Woods area Nailsea town centre Portishead town centre"

 

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