Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet will next week be asked to approve a consultation on a new parking plan, proposing greater powers to clamp down on people who park illegally while seeing no rise in current parking charges, for the district.
The draft Joint Area Parking Plan, which does not include any proposals to increase car parking charges in Mid Suffolk, sets out eight parking policy objectives and what they are intended to achieve. They include proposals that will:
The policies will be used to guide councils’ decision making around parking. The proposed plan does not set out specific proposals for parking restrictions for specific areas, nor is it a blue-print to change current paid parking arrangements.
The plan will be considered by Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet on Monday 4 February 2019. If approved, the consultation will be launched in February and run for six weeks.
Councillor David Burn, Mid Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “In drafting this policy we wanted to focus on how we can allow drivers to park safely without creating problems for local residents. It’s about how we make parking easier and less obstructive for everyone involved, not about charging or payments. So many of our communities relying on the car as their primary means of transport and it’s important we get this right so, with Cabinet’s approval, I’ll be asking everyone to have their say.”
The plan is required as part of a Suffolk-wide initiative for Suffolk Police to hand over to local authorities legal powers and responsibility for civil parking enforcement. This is because Suffolk Police do not currently have the resources to enforce parking restrictions, leaving many local communities at risk of inconsiderate parking. This move requires parliamentary approval.