Councillors have voted to carry out further work on the car parking proposals being considered in the borough.
The decision, made by Cabinet last night, means that the existing proposals to charge for parking near to beaches and in some parks will not be taken forward in their current form. However the council will consider in greater detail the concerns raised through the public consultations and identify any measures that could be introduced, where possible, to reduce the impact on the local community.
Councillors have considered the results of the recent public consultation on the proposal to extend the car parking pay and display scheme in roads adjacent to Poole’s beaches and the proposal to implement car parking charges in some of the borough’s parks.
Over 2,000 responses were received to the consultation on parking near beaches and over 1,700 responses were received regarding the proposals to implement car parking charges in some of the parks.
Once this work has been completed it is anticipated that the findings will be presented back to Cabinet late autumn.
Councillors also voted at last night’s meeting to introduce car parking charges at Upton Country Park from Spring 2017. Over 1,200 people responded to this consultation and their feedback has led to the original proposals being amended:
• The fee structure will be simplified by merging weekend and peak times
• The price of an annual permit will be reduced from £50 to £40
• A two hour rate will be introduced
The money raised through car parking fees will go directly towards supporting the Park enabling it to become self-financing in the future.
Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We have had a huge response to these consultations and we would like to thank local people for engaging with us. We have listened to the comments and the existing proposals that were consulted on will not be taken forward. We will however be taking some time to review all the feedback with a view to bringing back proposals to Cabinet later in the year.”
Councillor John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: “Last night’s decision will help enable us to keep Upton Country Park a much loved and safe place while also helping us to make the necessary maintenance and improvements to ensure the park remains a fantastic amenity for residents and visitors alike both now and in the future. Of course, Upton Country Park remains free to access and there is no intention whatsoever to change that.”