Car parking consultation begins this week
Posted on: 4 April 2017
North Devon Council is carrying out a review of parking in Barnstaple.
The council has appointed consultants, Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), who will be working with Hydrock to conduct research and draw up a parking strategy for the town. The aim of the strategy will be to improve parking options based on current and future needs, reduce congestion, improve air quality, encourage sustainable transport and explore innovative ideas to meet seasonal parking demands.
Survey reply cards will be left on windscreens in car parks across the town on four days; two in the Easter holidays (Friday 7 April and Saturday 15 April) and two days after the schools go back (21 and 22 April). This will ensure a good mix of shoppers, employees and leisure users.
Economic Development Manager, Ellen Vernon, says: “Parking is an important element of our regeneration plans for the town. We need to understand who is using Barnstaple’s car parks, how often and why. We want to find out as much as we can to ensure our future plans meet their needs, keep traffic congestion to a minimum and keep the town centre vibrant.”
The council will be considering a number of factors including:
• the impact of free car parking
• car park revenue
• easier access to rail and road improvements
• smart payment and booking systems
• charging points for electric cars
• the impact of housing growth
• car park capacity