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Public consulted on parking in Winchester
4:08pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
WINCHESTER civic chiefs are consulting the public on a potentially radical overhaul of parking.
Residents, organisations and businesses are being asked for their views on a new parking strategy for the district.
A six-week consultation is being launched by the City Council this week.
For 20 years civic policy has been to limit cars in the city centre.
That policy looks to be under threat with an idea to double the size of the River Park car park to 300 cars as part of the suggested rebuilding of the leisure centre.
Steve Tilbury, corporate director, said the council was looking at where car parks were sited and where they were needed.
The future of the Cattle Market and Gladstone Street car parks are being reviewed as part of a revamp of the railway station area.
Mr Tilbury told the Chronicle earlier this month: “We want parking that serves the appropriate use in the right places. The cattle market is not much used by shoppers, but quite well be people who work at Denplan.
“We feel it is not punching its weight. You come down Andover Road, there’s an opportunity there.”
The council wants to hear a wide range of opinions before reaching its decision on a strategy at the end of the year.
The document will be important in helping the council determine off-street parking, charges and how much it manages and potentially expands park and ride.
The council has conducted detailed car parking occupancy and user surveys. It has set out a range of guiding principles for comment including effective traffic and parking management, maintaining economic vitality and improving air quality.
Cllr Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and environment, said: “Car parking is important to many of us and often a topic of great debate. I look forward to hearing a wide range of views.
“This consultation is specifically about off-street car parking provision and management for which Winchester City Council has responsibility. It is set in the context of the Hampshire Local Transport Plan and the Winchester Town Access Plan which sets the overall transport policy.”
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