Members of Borough of Poole's Cabinet have welcomed the opportunity to seek the views of the local community on two car parking proposals being considered in the borough.
Members agreed to carry out a public consultation on the proposal to extend the car parking pay and display scheme in roads adjacent to Poole's beaches and the proposed implementation of car parking charges at Upton Country Park at their meeting on Tuesday 9 February 2016.
The Council is considering extending the on-street pay and display parking to include additional residential roads near to Poole's beaches. Local people will be asked to comment on two proposed beach tariff options which could be charged between 8am and 6pm daily during the period 1 March to 31 October.
In addition, local people will also be given the opportunity to give their views on the proposal to implement car parking charges in Upton Country Park. This will include potential car parking fees set for weekdays, weekends and peak periods, such as school and bank holidays, as well as different charges during the winter and summer months. There will also be the option to purchase an annual 'Season Pass' benefitting regular users of the park who will not have to pay for a parking ticket each time they visit the Park.
Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "Poole's beaches are popular destinations and at peak times during the summer months we already have problems with traffic flow and parking. Together with plans for significant development along Poole's seafront that will attract additional visitors to our beaches, this issue will only get worse so we now need to look at ways to better manage parking including on-street pay and display parking.
"In developing these proposals we have already taken into account some feedback from local residents. We have reduced the original charging period for the proposed additional roads from 8am to 10pm to 8am to 6pm, so local people can benefit from free parking in the evening. It's important that local people do give us their views on the proposals when the consultations open later this month."
Councillor John Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "Access to our parks is free and will remain free. The proposed parking fees, if introduced, will help support the aim of Upton Country Park becoming self-financing in the future. The money raised through car parking fees will go directly towards supporting the Park."
Last night's recommendation follows Cabinet's approval in January to invite local people to give their comments on implementing car parking charges in some of the borough's parks. This includes Hamworthy Park car park, Lake Pier car park, Newfoundland Drive Skateboard car park, Rockley Park car park and Whitecliff Park car park.
This consultation involves three proposed charging options which could be payable during the period 1 March to 31 October. It includes potentially implementing the existing District based car parking tariff between 8am and 6pm daily, implementing an all-day rate for Lake Pier and providing a 'Parks Parking Permit' enabling permit holders to use any of the above car parks without having to pay for a ticket.
It is anticipated that all three consultations will start late February and local people will have six weeks in which to respond.