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Cambridge residents are invited to have their say on plans for new Residents’ Parking Schemes in their local area from today (6 November).

Stretten, York and Stourbridge are the three most recent schemes open to public consultation on the potential introduction of a Residents’ Parking Scheme to enable those who regularly find it difficult to park within a reasonable distance of their home to find a space.

The proposals for each scheme, which will give locals priority over parking within their area, have been shaped by informal discussions with residents and councillors. The needs of local businesses and community facilities are also taken into account.

If schemes are supported by the majority of respondents then they will progress to the next stage which is a statutory consultation.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership will fund the implementation costs of the Residents’ Parking Schemes to help encourage sustainable travel, reduce congestion and improve quality of life for residents in the city.

This round of consultations is part of the Council’s new Parking Policy which looks at 26 potential areas across the city where Residential Parking Schemes could be introduced. Schemes for Accordia, Staffordshire, Newnham and Coleridge West have already been consulted on and approved as part of this work. Two more areas, Ascham and Victoria, have gone through statutory consultation and will be discussed at the next Cambridge Joint Area committee at the end of the month (27 November).

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said “We’ve listened to requests from local residents and councillors for schemes to help them after regularly experiencing parking problems.

“We are now keen to receive feedback on our proposals to see if there is enough support for these plans to be implemented.

“We realise that this could affect everyone, not just residents and we welcome everyone’s views, even if you do not drive or own a car, or if you park in those areas but are not a resident.”

Consultations close on 17 December and are available online on www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/resident-parking-scheme-consultation 

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