Review of Car Parking Policy Community AreaForums Presentation February 2013
• We operate 33 Pay & Display car parks• Every household receives a free car park permit enabling you to park free of charge in every District Council car park before 11am and after 4pm every day• We offer free parking to all after 2pm throughout December• The Dales is a major visitor destination - 6.9m day visitors p.a. - visitors therefore main source of income• Annual car parking revenue circa £2 million per annum – helps meet cost of services for residents, businesses and visitors• Without car parking income, Council Tax would have to rise by over 35%• Parking charges have remained frozen since Jan 2011. Car parking policy last reviewed in 2003
From our Citizens Panel (Nov 12) we know that:• 92% of residents used our car parks over the last year and 63% are satisfied with them• Greatest usage is between 9am and 11am (62%)• Most park for up to 2 hours (39%) and up to 1 hour (39%), followed by up to 30 minutes (13%)• 81% are normally exempt from payment• 73% usually / always find a space• 68% use their free residents’ parking permit at least once a week
To review the Council’s current Car Parking Policy having regard to the financial impact of policies on the local economy and the Council’s overall financial position, and to develop recommendations for inclusion in a new CarParking Policy to be introduced in Autumn 2013. Environment Committee November 2012
1. Structure and level of chargesIncluding:• Potential benefits of introducing a short stay charge for up to 30 minutes in town centre car parks• The advantages / disadvantages of a reduced charge for evening parking in town centres• Comparing car parking charges in the Derbyshire Dales with those in districts with similar visitor profiles
2. ConcessionsIncluding:• To review the cost and effectiveness of the existing free residents free parking concession• To review the cost of providing free car parking to blue badge holders
3. ProvisionIncluding:• Methods of payment – credit card, payment by phone, pay on exit• Identifying potential new town centre car parks
4. Information and PromotionIncluding:• Improvements to car park signageExclusions e.g.• Non Derbyshire Dales District Council car parks• Enforcement
• District Council Area Community Forums (February)• Focus Groups with traders, residents and stakeholder organisations (March)• Engagement with tourism bodies e.g. Visit Peak District and users of Tourist Information Centres and Visitor Information Points (March / April)• Public consultation (survey), including via the website (April)We want your views to help inform the new policy
1. Structure and level of charges 84% of the Citizens’ Panel said that the District Council should consider providing the option of a half hour charge to support shoppers and the local economy. However, this could reduce the District Council’s income from car parking, needed to support public services.Q1. What are your views on introducing a half hour charge in town centre car parks?
1. Structure and level of charges Peak charging hours are currently 8.00am to 10.00pm every day. 80% of the Citizens’ Panel said that the District Council should consider applying lower parking charges after 6pm daily to support the evening economy.Q2. What are your views on introducing a lower evening charge in town centre car parks?
2. Concessions In 2011/12, 33,500 free residents parking permits were issued in the Dales. Some councils allow free parking for residents in designated car parks only, some offer it for fewer hours, some make an annual charge for a residents’ permit and others offer no residents’ parking concession at all.Q3. What are your views on potentially charging for the residents’ permit or restricting when / where it could be used? Is there a way of enhancing the scheme for residents if a charge was made?
2. Concessions In 2011/12, approx 5,000 residents held a Blue Badge parking permit in the Dales. We estimate that a further 350,000 day visitors also hold a Blue Badge. Some councils charge Blue Badge holders to park in designated disabled spaces, but at a discount to normal rates.Q4. What are your views on potentially charging Blue Badge holders to park in disabled spaces in District Council car parks?
3. Provision 49% of the Citizens’ Panel said that existing payment methods in District Council car parks are good. Some councils provide options to pay in different ways such as by phone, credit card or payment on exit (barrier system).Q5. What are your views on these or other alternative methods of payment?
3. Provision 56% of the Citizens’ Panel said that the District Council should consider providing more car parking spaces in the Dales. However, 73% said they usually / always find a space.Q6. What are your views on the need for additional car parking spaces in Dales town centres?
4. Information and Promotion Good directional signage is needed so people can easily find car parks, especially in town centres. 45% of the Citizens’ Panel said that signage for District Council car parks is good.Q7. What improvements do you think could be made to signage directing people to car parks in Dales towns?
Any other questions? Thank Youwww.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/currentconsultations