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Cabinet approves consultation on draft Off Street Parking Order.

Published Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Members of Melton Borough Council’s Cabinet  have approved a statutory consultation on a draft Off Street Parking Order for 2020. 

A parking order sets out the provisions for parking including charges, restrictions, enforcement and spaces provided.

Suggested changes to the parking order have been made following a 4 year freeze on car parking charges and public consultation on the Council’s new Corporate Strategy which took place over the Christmas and new year period. 

Cllr Leigh Higgins, Deputy Leader said:

“We have managed to keep car parking charges unchanged for the past 4 years however we do need to ensure the income is sufficient which is why a review has taken place.  The premium rate for a Tuesday is unpopular with our residents and 75% of those who responded to our consultation wanted it to go so we are proposing to remove it and  make the charges the same across the week. Feedback also indicated that residents valued the free parking spaces at St Mary’s carpark and keeping it free to park in the evening and Sundays which will remain unchanged.  In addition we are looking to introduce a cashless payment option to compliment the current cash payment machines in order to give users more options through which to pay and will be promoting the purchase of season tickets which offer a saving for regular users.”

The Car parking order also suggests a series of small amendments to existing car parking arrangements in Melton Borough to enable better and more appropriate enforcement across the borough.

It is anticipated that the statutory consultation will commence before the end of January.  Notification will be send out via the Council’s website and social media with hard copies available at the Parkside building, Phoenix House, The Cove and The Edge. 

The changes to car parking are part of the Council’s wider Corporate Strategy which will see investment in tackling issues like anti-social behaviour and environmental crime and securing the infrastructure, jobs and housing Melton needs to support the prosperity for local communities. The Council has also allocated funding to support town centre improvements and to work with Melton in Bloom to secure the Gold award; as well as to work with the Local Enterprise Partnership on establishing a Food Enterprise Centre within Melton. A small allocation of the income is being ring fenced to support the Council’s response to the Climate Emergency declaration.