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From Herefordshire CC  23/3/18
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On-street Pay & Display parking times to be extended to support local business

Herefordshire Council is proposing changes to Hereford City on-street Pay & Display, following feedback on the recently implemented scheme. The changes will allow visitors to stay longer and encourage use of nearby businesses.    

The changes proposed include:

To extend the maximum stay to 2 hours across the whole charging zone, with an extended tariff structure (up to 30 mins - 50p, up to 1 hour - £1 and up to 2 hours - £3);

To extend Pay & Display parking to include St Ethelbert Street and selected parking places in Castle Street, with a standardised operating period of 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, with a continued exemption for permit holders;

Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Regulatory Services, said:

“Our proposed changes to on-street Pay & Display in Hereford City centre show that we have, and will continue to, listen to feedback from local business and shoppers. The proposals meet the council’s transportation aims to reduce traffic congestion caused by short car journeys and to encourage extended visits within the city centre. But we also want to ensure that any changes to on-street parking continue to support the economic vitality of Hereford and its city centre, and protect parking provision for residential permit holders.”

Mike Truelove, Operations & Marketing Manager at Hereford BID, said:

“The Hereford Business Improvement District welcomes the council’s willingness to listen and respond to the concerns of businesses, many of whom are struggling in the testing economic climate we are in. It is therefore critical that the right parking structure is created, that not only meets environmental objectives, but is also viable to our traders and appealing to shoppers – many of whom are being fought for by other towns and cities, not to mention the competition that comes from online shopping. We urge all businesses to actively feed into this consultation and have their say.”

The legal process requires public notices to be published setting out the proposed changes. The notices will explain how members of the public can submit representations for, or against, the proposals. Subject to considering any representations received, it is anticipated that the changes would be introduced in June this year.

The public notices will appear in the press after Easter, will be displayed in affected areas and are available to view online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/tro

The temporary voucher scheme for free parking, introduced in partnership with the Hereford Business Improvement District (BID) team, will remain in place until June. Retailers who would like to receive vouchers for customers should contact Hereford BID on 01432 376830.

Published: Friday, 23rd March 2018

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Had to take my 87 year old mother to an emergency appointment in St Owens Street on Tuesday. Husband managed to park outside, took longer than expected. He had to leave when the hour was up, by the time we could leave, it was 5.30pm, no way he could get back without us hanging around, taxi home cost us a fortune. Mum was so stressed and frail. Don't the council realise how dangerous their parking rules are?

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4 minutes ago, locallady said:

Had to take my 87 year old mother to an emergency appointment in St Owens Street on Tuesday. Husband managed to park outside, took longer than expected. He had to leave when the hour was up, by the time we could leave, it was 5.30pm, no way he could get back without us hanging around, taxi home cost us a fortune. Mum was so stressed and frail. Don't the council realise how dangerous their parking rules are?

Unfortunately I think that they only see the revenue that these meters create.

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On 23/03/2018 at 19:55, Steve Major said:

Unfortunately I think that they only see the revenue that these meters create.

We drove in to town earlier , and the traffic was very slow and busy but interesting there were a lot of parking spaces at the end of town closer to the weeping window display , so what is going on besides the mess this council has created folk from out of the area must think we are a laughing stock . Really is pitiful what is going on here . 

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Someone from the Independant quarter was saying how when the meters were installed their trade went downhill , but it has now picked up on Church St , I wonder how these folk are in business at times , as soon as the window display goes and the reality that parking charges have increased then maybe it will sink in what has happened .

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What happens if you get a ticket while finding a cash point, then visiting the nearest newsagent to buy something (that you probably don't need) to get some change and then walk back to your car????

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Old article in The Guardian highlighting lack of free parking spaces in town and cities.

"There are just three free parking spots left in the whole of Torquay town centre, says Lee, a second world war history buff who drives a Vauxhall Astra. “Torbay council used to offer £2 all-day parking through the winter, which was great for locals. But they put it up to £10 overnight. That was the ‘yikes’ moment that made me start the petition. I expect it will fall on deaf ears, but I wanted to get a rant out there and see who else felt the same.”

‘It's the worst place to park in the world’ – why Britain is at war over parking by Tim Walker.

Also

Sun terraces and lawns: Dutch residents transform parking spaces

Project in The Hague has divided streets and revealed a deeply-held attachment to cars

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