Have your say on Torbay Council's parking strategy

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You have until Friday 26 August to have your say on a new Parking Strategy.

The strategy sets out the key work areas for Parking Services over the next five years. It has been prepared with the future of parking in the Bay in mind and in response to the findings of a Review of Parking consultation which took place earlier this year.

The Parking Strategy reflects the aspirations of the Local Transport Plan as well as the Ambitions, Targeted Actions and Principles set out in the council’s Corporate Plan (2015 ~ 2019). It aims to ‘provide a fair and consistent approach to the way we manage parking while supporting the council’s ambition to create a prosperous and healthy Torbay’.

Councillor Robert Excell is the Executive Lead with responsibility for parking. He said: “This is the first time the Parking Strategy has been redrafted since 2006 and takes on board feedback from the Parking Review consultation. We are keen to ensure, through public consultation, that the content of the Strategy meets the expectations of our community and so we really welcome people’s views on it.”

Torbay Council wants to make the most efficient and effective use of its available resources as it continues to give a range of parking provisions. As parking affects many areas of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Torbay, the strategy seeks to balance the needs of both car users and non-motorists alike. This includes emergency services, commuters, public transport users and groups with more specific needs.

Faced with the prospect of increasing levels of car ownership, the strategy aims to support the local economy and keep our road network free from the detrimental effects of traffic congestion and pollution.

The following core values underpin the council’s approach to parking:

1. Collaboration and transparency
We will provide clear information about parking and involve or consult communities in the development of policy and the design of local schemes, as we ensure Torbay remains an attractive and safe place to live and visit.

2. Quality of life
We will consider the impact of parking on health, safety and the general well-being of residents, workers and visitors, as we promote healthy lifestyles across Torbay.

3. Value for money
We will maximise value for money through considered and well managed parking schemes, intelligent use of technology and fair charges and enforcement as we work towards a more prosperous Torbay.

4. Fairness and consistency
We will take a fair and consistent approach to meet the needs of individuals and communities as best as possible whilst using reducing resources to best effect.

5. Efficiency and effectiveness
We will make optimum use of parking spaces and provide services that are responsive to need and adaptable by adopting an integrated and joined up approach.

6. Supporting the economy
All new parking schemes will aim to assist existing businesses and attract new businesses as we work towards a more prosperous Torbay.

Please visit www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation to read the strategy. Feedback should be given by Friday 26 August 2016 at consultation@torbay.gov.uk

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