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Changes to on-street and off-street parking are set to be discussed at a joint meeting between Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils next week.

The Cambridge Joint Area Committee will consider proposals put together jointly by both Councils on potential changes to permit fees for residents parking, and on-street and off- street parking charges.

Both Councils are signed up to the aims of the Greater Cambridge Partnership to ease congestion and make it easier for people to travel by bus, rail, cycle or on foot, and car park charging is in place to encourage this.

The County Council is responsible for both residents’ parking scheme permit fees as well as on street parking bays, neither of which have increased since 2011 and 2014 respectively.

It is proposed to make some increases to on street parking fees to encourage people to use more sustainable methods of transport. The report also sets out that by increasing permit prices it will help generate income that is needed to cover the costs of providing resident parking schemes – which have steadily increased in recent years. Visitor permit fees are currently £8 and allow five visitors – working out at £1.60 per day. It is proposed to increase this to £15 to bring it more in line with the cost of using the Park&Ride service for the day.

Cambridge City Council owns a number of multi-storey and surface car parks across the city and proposals for changes in charging in these have been prepared jointly as part of this process.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said “These sorts of decisions are never taken lightly but it’s been a long time since we’ve reviewed parking fees and we have to look at ways to reduce the deficit that the service is currently running at.

“We realise that there will always be people that need to drive into the city for one reason or another and this isn’t about punishing commuters but we’re passionate about continuing to strive to keep the City moving as well as improving air quality for both residents and visitors.”

The meeting takes place on 24 October in Cambridge.

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