4 Jul 2012

Make residents parking easier, fairer and greener


UPDATE - COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO THIS MEASURE AND IT IS NOW BEING TAKEN FORWARD BY THE CAR PARKING GROUP

Residents in the centre of St Albans often tell me they are fed up with not being able to park outside or even near their house, even though they pay for a resident's permit.

The number of permits that the Council has issued in Controlled Parking Zones has been steadily rising, as more households get second cars. Yet there is no more room available - we're just squeezing more and more cars into the same space. And some households have three cars permits, meaning even less space for the rest of us.

At the same time, people who choose smaller, less-polluting cars are paying the same as those who choose big gas guzzlers. Not only do the high-emission cars add more than their fair share to the air pollution in our city, they also take up more room, on average, than cleaner cars.

So at the Full Council meeting on July 11, I'm asking that we do some serious work on a new way of organising and paying for our parking zones. Here's the motion I'm proposing:

That this Council:

-  recognises the increasing pressure on parking space in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs), and the need to do what we can to reduce our District's CO2 emissions and pollution;

-  notes that reducing the maximum number of CPZ permits per household from three to two could help to relieve pressure on parking space;

-  notes that changing the way we charge for CPZ permits from a flat rate to a range based on vehicle emissions could give residents an incentive to choose cars that contribute less to our carbon footprint, and would help to demonstrate this Council's commitment to reducing emissions;

-  confirms that any changes to the CPZ scheme should be cost neutral, so the overall scheme continues to run without a significant profit or loss, as illustrated below;

asks the Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism to commit resources to explore the options for changing the CPZ scheme along the above lines.



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