A LOCAL authority is considering possible on street parking charges in both Uttoxeter and Cheadle. The proposals are part of the Staffordshire County Council's On-Street Parking Strategy and Forward Programme of Pay & Display Parking. In a report to the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, it was proposed that a rolling programme of on-street charging reviews on a number of streets across Staffordshire takes place over the next few years.
During 2019/20, the council is to consider on-street pay and display parking in: Uttoxeter Town Centre where there is 75 potential parking bays, High Street in Cheadle (25 potential parking bays) and, Bank Street in Cheadle (15 potential parking bays).
Concerns about the proposals have been made by community leaders in both Cheadle and Uttoxeter.
Cheadle Mayor Ian Plant said: “Why are they doing this? I can’t understand where this is coming from.
“We, as a town council, are still trying to have a meeting with the district council regarding car parking charges, and now we have the county council coming in with this.
“I hope it doesn’t go through as it would kill the High Street even more.
“I can sort of see why they are coming up with it as there are cars which park along there for a while but I don’t think, by spending the money on parking metres, that they are going to get the return from them for a long time.
“Also, they are never going to be able to put that many parking bays in Bank Street, there is only room for around six.”
Mr Plant said: “I am definitely against them introducing chargeable parking bays on streets in Cheadle.”
Meanwhile, Uttoxeter Town Mayor Alison Trenery said: “Uttoxeter Town Council has already expressed concerns about this and sent a full detailed response to the council.
“It is a complex strategy and I am not sure how it has been amended, so I could not really comment anymore without seeing all the details.”
The county council have stated that money generated by the scheme is set to be reinvested in public highways.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are introducing a strategy designed to improve the turnover of on-street parking spaces in town centres, market towns and village High Streets, which will help local businesses and make enforcement easier for us.
“We will be working with each community to introduce a policy that meets local needs.
“That might mean free parking at certain times, or variable charges, to promote local businesses so that people who want to pop in and out rather than use long stay car parks will be able to find somewhere quicker without cruising round and causing congestion.”
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