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Early results show strong support for new parking schemes in Cambridge

Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Cllr Francis Burkitt standing next to a street sign.

Early indications show the majority of residents in four areas across the city support the introduction of residents’ parking schemes.

A public consultation, run by the County Council and funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, for new parking schemes in Accordia, Staffordshire, Coleridge (West) and Newnham was carried out between 23 October and 4 December 2017.

The preliminary results show the majority of respondents in all four areas are in favour of their respective schemes: 87% in Accordia, 96% in Staffordshire, 53% in Coleridge West and 66% in Newnham.

The feedback received during the consultation will now be thoroughly reviewed and considered before the final parking plans are developed and put forward to the next stage, which is a statutory consultation.

The Cambridge City Joint Area Committee will review all comments and objections received during the statutory consultation and the implementation of the schemes will be subject to their final approval.

The new schemes, shaped by informal discussions with local members and residents to fit the local needs, are part of the Council’s new Parking Policy and in-line with the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s plans to reduce congestion in Cambridge. The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board will fund the implementation costs associated with these schemes.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “The results and feedback we have received show that, in general, residents support the proposed plans and if implemented, they will give residents priority parking in their area while taking into account the needs of local businesses and community facilities.

"The road safety improvements that a Resident Parking Scheme brings aims to reduce congestion, reduce air pollution, and generally improve the local environment for everyone.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board, said “Last year, the Greater Cambridge Partnership, City Council and County Council agreed to work together to take a comprehensive look at residents’ parking in the city. 

“We agreed to work with residents in areas without Residents’ Parking Schemes to ask whether they’d like one introduced, and the Greater Cambridge Partnership was delighted to help in this process by funding the consultation.

“We’ve now heard from residents in the first four areas to be consulted on, and I’m delighted that residents’ majority support has justified our facilitation of this process.”

Breakdowns of the four consultations and answers to the frequently asked questions about Resident Parking Schemes are available on the Resident scheme parking consultation webpage.