Cheshire East Council inherited a mixed economy of car parking management for both on and off street facilities from the former Councils.During our first year we have sought to resolve the exception in the former Congleton Borough Council area and by initiating an off-street Control Order and taken on civil enforcement powers for on-street restrictions.
This ensures the whole of the Borough is now covered by the appropriate Orders under the Traffic Management Act 2004.In addition, following pilot schemes in Macclesfield and Wilmslow, we have recently agreed a borough-wide Residents’ Parking Scheme Policy and provided £480k over three years to implement these where they are needed.
This year the Council will be reviewing its Car Parking Strategy as part of the wider Local Transport Planning process.An important element of this review will be to capture a coherent and robust evidence base and develop the strategic framework for future decisions on our priorities, the need for further controls, our rationale for tariffs and our ongoing investment needs.
The review will be comprehensive covering on and off street provision throughout the Borough and as such will be a lengthy process but should be complete by the year end.In the meantime, the anomaly that exists in the rates applied to the Crewe and Nantwich area will be scrutinised as a priority. Results of this review will be implemented from 1 October 2010.
Finally, we will actively promote retailer-led reimbursement schemes and help implement these locally where there is the necessary support from town centre traders.