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Calls for 'one price fits all' Plymouth parking shake-up

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By KEITH ROSSITER Political Reporter @krossiter

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RESIDENTS’ parking in Plymouth is overdue for a shake-up, city councillors have been told.

The city has 53 controlled parking zones, with 23 variations of hours and restrictions, members of a scrutiny review panel heard yesterday.

David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, called for a “one price fits all” policy to save confusion for businesses and residents.

But Cllr Chaz Singh (Lab, Drake), a panel member, said he believed business people were capable of understanding parking. “A one price policy doesn’t fit all,” he said.

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Mr Parlby said businesses would prefer to have no parking charges at all because there was evidence that the longer people stayed in an area, the more business was done.

He urged the council to use modern technology to improve the parking system, such as on-street meters which allowed motorists to pay at the end of their parking session.

The council should also have meters which give drivers change, he said. He said businesses had the perception that parking charges were there to make money for the council.

And Mr Parlby called for business parking zones alongside residents’ parking.

Cllr Ian Darcy (Con, Plympton Erle), the panel chair, said the city had no policy on controlled parking zones and needed to introduce one.

Cllr George Wheeler (Lab, St Budeaux) said Aberystwyth in Wales did away with restrictions 18 months ago and “the city came to a standstill”.

Simon Dale, the interim assistant director for street services, said: “The way the city is zoned is unsatisfactory. It’s costly, and possibly inefficient, too.”

Cllr Mark Coker, the city’s Cabinet member for transport, said parking was a real issue in his ward of Devonport.

He said the lack of controlled parking zones around the new developments in Kerr Street and Duke Street had created a “free-for-all”.

“This is a problem that has been going on since I have been a councillor and it needs to be tackled.”

Phil Durrant, the council’s parking operations co-ordinator, said there were 25 to 30 incidents a day where residents complained about people parking illegally in residents’ parking zones.

He said that in one area where residents’ parking came into force at 2pm, you could see office workers running to their cars at 1.55pm to move them to a neighbouring street where controlled parking was about to expire.

The review continues, and will provide a recommendation for reforms to the city’s Cabinet.

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  • Thistimemaybe  |  February 20 2014, 12:01PM

    Parking in the city in the evening for £2? A luxury. I recently went to Calstock for a theatre event and chose to travel by train. The cost of parking at the station for 5 hours from 6pm to 11pm was £9.20. Add on the train fare and it would have been much cheaper to do the non-green thing and drive there. End result: Calstock Arts will lose my custom, as will the Tamar Inn's restaurant.

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  • rubydogsouth  |  February 19 2014, 8:02PM

    Well Phil Durant says it all in about attitude of the council in the last quote "that in one area where residents' parking came into force at 2pm, you could see office workers running to their cars at 1.55pm to move them to a neighbouring street where controlled parking was about to expire " thats how bad the city councils policy on cars and parking are in the city that it's own citizens have to resort to these tactics to earn a crust because it's so expensive to park and the only way they can work and do any sort of business. Shame on you Plymouth City council.

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  • John_Ply  |  February 19 2014, 1:24PM

    Would a, 'One price fits all', policy lead to overall, higher parking charges, and how does that square with, preferring no parking charges?

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  • pilgrimpete  |  February 19 2014, 1:15PM

    where is that car park in the picture, £2:00 evening charge, nice to know when you go in the city after 6:00pm

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  • drt346ys  |  February 19 2014, 11:20AM

    @beowulfonline that's making an assumption that those already parked aren't spending. If there's demand for spaces (people not being able to park) then the other methods of transport into town should be made more accessible / attractive. Sadly though, parking is seen as a revenue generator and no-council in power will be willing to let that revenue go, without being able to recoup from somewhere else.

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  • Oncemore4  |  February 19 2014, 9:40AM

    We need more parking spaces. Not BUS lanes. Voting time soon. Get em out.

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  • beowulfonline  |  February 19 2014, 9:19AM

    ..............Mr Parlby said businesses would prefer to have no parking charges at all because there was evidence that the longer people stayed in an area, the more business was done. This seems a little odd to me. Surely if people block parking spaces for long periods then they prevent others using them and business is more likely to be reduced.

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