Dear Town and Parish Councils
Please find below the October Update on highway issues.
Car Parking Review
I would be grateful if you could promote the Car Parking Review consultation to ensure we capture as many comments as possible.
The story is on the front page of our website on the news portal – http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/parking-charges-consultation-now-live
We’ve put it out on our Twitter and Facebook feeds (and will continue throughout)
It’s been sent to the CEMs to share on their sites and among the community groups
A link to the consultation is being displayed prominently on the main parking landing page on our website – http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-home
It will go into the next Parish Newsletter – scheduled for Monday
As some of your constituents will not have computer access I list a few of the salient reasons why we are reviewing the charges below and trust this will encourage them to request a questionnaire.
Despite rising operational costs and increasing service demands, the council has not applied any inflationary increases to car parking charges since 2011 and this has resulted in service standards being reduced to levels that are now effecting the management of parking arrangements.
There is also a requirement to invest in new technologies to maximise the benefit of the council’s limited resources by automating parking usage, using technology to meet the demand of parking users for quick and easy payments and to bring benefits to the local communities for example greater enforcement of parking orders outside of schools.
A number of options to increase the funding of the Parking Service have been proposed. Each option has been costed so that choices can be made in light of the effects any changes may have on the public, businesses and visitors as well as how that option contributes to the overall council budget shortfall.
Our preferred method to receive comments is through completion of the on-line electronic questionnaire available through the Wiltshire Council Consultation Portal webpage.
Please note that there is no requirement to register or log-in to the portal to respond through the on-line questionnaire.
Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available on request by contacting the council on the below number.
If you have any queries, please contact us using these details:
Car Parking Survey, Parking Services, Wiltshire Council, Monkton Park offices, Monkton Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1ER
Tel. No.: 01249 706131