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21 MAY

“Parking permits would encourage people to shop local”

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A proposal to introduce parking permits for residents is to be put before Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). The permits would offer a period of free parking for one car per household and would be tailored to the needs of the three towns across the Moorlands. Parking charges across the district could be increased and charged for a longer period during the day.

A proposal to introduce parking permits for residents is to be put before Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC).

The permits would offer a period of free parking for one car per household and would be tailored to the needs of the three towns across the Moorlands.

Parking charges across the district could be increased and charged for a longer period during the day.

Cheadle councillor Gary Bentley is an independent member of SMDC. He said: “I’m pushing for residential car parking. Every house in the High Peak Borough Council area gets a free parking pass.

If every household in Cheadle had one free parking permit, I wouldn’t be bothered if the council increased car parking charges for visitors.

But we could make it easier for visitors by making it a round number so people are more likely to have the right change.

People would be able to park to drop their kids off at school and pick them up again.

It would encourage people to shop local – support their town centres – and the smaller businesses are going to need that support when they are able to open again.

I’d suggest three independent reviews for Cheadle, Leek and Biddulph.

It’s all been put on hold because of coronavirus, but it will all be discussed at the review when it happens.”

High Peak Borough Council’s (HPBC) residents’ concessionary parking permit scheme allows each household to park one vehicle free of charge at any council car park from 8am to midday and 3pm to 6pm every day, Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays.

In June 2008, HPBC and SMDC formed a ‘strategic alliance’ to ‘establish joint working arrangements and create a shared approach to delivering key services.’

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council confirmed that a review and consultation on car parking in the Moorlands is planned.

What do you think of the proposal for parking permits in Cheadle? Send your thoughts to news@timesandecho.co.uk.

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  • parking charges should not be increased for visitors because this would be counter productive, and have a knock on affect esp for peak district tourism. However, the permit idea for encouraging locals to shop locally is a great idea. How about a local currency like they have in Totnes, which has worked very well there, keeping a thriving independent shopping experience.
    Written by Dave Hulatt, May 21, 2020 - Reply
  • There is a similar scheme in the High Peak borough, as was mentioned in the article. This idea has not been funded by an increase in car parking charges. The idea is to encourage locals to visit the town ( say Buxton) during off peak times to do their shopping. Penalising tourists into paying more to park is not the right approach, as we should be encouraging tourists, as well as locals, to the towns in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Using Council Tax to fund the scheme makes more sense.
    Written by Jo Booth, May 22, 2020 - Reply

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