Plan to ensure Ellesmere Port's parking provision remains fit for purpose unveiled
23 November 2017An action plan to ensure parking in Ellesmere Port is fit for purpose and positively contributes to the town’s economy has been published.
The plan, designed to better manage car parking demand across the town, is part of the Council’s 15-year parking strategy.
It will see fairer and consistent tariffs across different car parks, attractive offers to replace the Free after 3 scheme, and a clear investment programme to improve the quality of car parking and attract more visitors and shoppers.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore, said: “Our population and car ownership rates are steadily rising and land available for car parking is decreasing.
“Over the coming years, the Council needs to invest in car parks so that we have enough clean and safe spaces, in the right places, with clear signage and new technology to make it easier and more convenient for people coming to Ellesmere Port town centre by car.
“With this action plan for Ellesmere Port we are introducing the right offers in the right places to encourage visitors, improving disabled provision, and reducing congestion and air pollution.
“Parking in the town will be easier and more accessible for everyone, supporting residents and businesses. Changes to parking charges to make them simpler will ensure everyone can park where they need to.
“To support businesses better, and to increase the time shoppers spend in the town, we want to introduce a range of more flexible offers to encourage trade throughout the day and ease the pressure on the evening peak hour. The current ‘Free after 3 ’ scheme services a small amount of people so instead we’re bringing in a range of offers that cater for all types of people wanting to visit Ellesmere Port.”
Key actions within the plan include:
Changes to parking tariffs
Changes to parking charges will help to support short stay parking in central car parks and encourage longer stay parking at the town’s outer facilities.
This will see simplified, reduced rates being implemented, which are easier to understand:
Sundays tariffs are the same as weekdays but may vary due to seasonal discounts and offers
Investment in maintaining and improving car parks
The Council has committed to ensure that:
A programme of quality improvement works will start between January and June 2018.
The works to be carried out will raise the standard of the most used car parks to the best industry standard:
Analysis suggests that Free after 3 is having only a limited impact, while contributing to the evening peak in traffic and air pollution.
Alternatives offers include:
Free after 3 will be replaced by the end of January 2018.
Cllr Shore added: “We’re making big strides with this action plan to really invest in our car parks for the future and the fairest way to generate the income needed to make this level of investment, and contribute towards the savings the Council must make, is for those who use the service and who own a car to contribute.” www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/parkingstrategy2017.
A number of Traffic Regulation Orders will be published soon detailing the plans to change restrictions and tariffs and will be available to view via the same web address.