Resident parking scheme consultation

Accordia, Newnham, Staffordshire and Coleridge West areas in Cambridge


Cambridge is a diverse city with local communities having different wants and needs. This consultation focuses on four individual Residents’ Parking Schemes (RPS) which gives locals priority over parking within their area. The proposal for each scheme is based on the information we have gathered from discussions with residents and councillors.  .

This map identifies the four proposed RPSs:

Map of areas covered by proposed RPSs which are Staffordshire, Newnham, Coleridge West and Accordia

Below are the parking consultation leaflets for each RPS:

Accordia - Consultation leaflet

Size: 1.41 MB File format: pdf

Newnham - Consultation leaflet

Size: 1.32 MB File format: pdf

Staffordshire - Consultation leaflet

Size: 1.42 MB File format: pdf

Coleridge West - Consultation leaflet

Size: 1.39 MB File format: pdf

Clicking the below images will take you to the relevant survey for each area.

All the below consultations will run until 4 December 2017.

Click here to complete the survey for the Accordia area

Click the image to complete the survey for the Accordia area

Click here to complete the survey for the Newnham area

Click the image to complete the survey for the Newnham area

Click here to complete the survey for the Staffordshire area

Click the image to complete the survey for the Staffordshire area

Click here to complete the survey for the Coleridge West area

Click the image to complete the survey for the Coleridge West area

Introduction to RPSs

This below information provides advice on scheme types, operational hours, permits types and permit limits.

Local Councillors are always involved in the development of any proposals to ensure that views of residents are central to any scheme proposed and that schemes reflect the individual needs of the local community

Residents have told us about their difficulty to park close to their home due to non-residents, such as commuters parking in their road. One of the best ways of tackling this would be to introduce a RPS. As there is some support for a parking scheme in your area, the Council wants to find out what everyone thinks.

A RPS would mean that residents will have priority parking within their area as parking would mainly be limited to permit holders only. Only people living in the designated zone and their visitors would be able to apply for a parking permit. The aim is to remove long stay non-resident parking.

No, because in some roads the demand for parking outweighs the number of spaces available, so it would work on a first-come-first-served basis. However, residents would be able to park in any street in their zone.

A permit will entitle you to park in the designated permit holder bays during the operational hours of the scheme. It will be necessary to have some yellow lines to ensure that drivers of larger vehicles, such as emergency vehicles and refuse trucks are able to get through. A permit does not allow you to park on double or single yellow lines whilst they are in force.

A permit will entitle you to park in the designated permit holder bays during the operational hours of the scheme. It will be necessary to have some yellow lines to ensure that drivers of larger vehicles, such as emergency vehicles and refuse trucks are able to get through. A permit does not allow you to park on double or single yellow lines whilst they are in force.

The Council receives a lot of complaints about parked cars blocking footways for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchairs. We cannot introduce a parking scheme that allows parking on the footway and forces vulnerable road users to walk in the road unless there is a existing formalised footway parking scheme. In some roads this will reduce the number of available parking spaces when considered alongside the road width requirements mentioned above.

Yes, it is essential that drivers are aware of where they can and cannot park. Generally speaking, where parking is permitted the areas will be marked out as white boxes with upright signs alongside. Where parking is not allowed, yellow lines are used. Double yellow lines always mean no waiting at any time. Single yellow lines mean no waiting over a shorter period, for example, Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm. In some schemes it is not practical to mark out bays on the road. In such areas, there will be zone entry signs and repeater signs but no bay markings. These schemes are known as Permit Parking Areas (PPA). 

RPSs will generally operate Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. This is because most non-resident parking problems occur during the working day. It also means that residents and their visitors can park overnight and at the weekend without needing a permit. It is difficult for the Council to provide enforcement outside of the normal working day, so permit costs would be higher for RPSs operating for longer periods and on more days of the week. We will try to tailor the operational hours to fit local needs and preferences.

No, your permit will only allow you to park in the RPS in which you live. A schemewill usually contain several roads, which means that permit-holders have more potential spaces available to them.

Any resident who lives at an eligible address within the designated scheme and is the main insured driverof a motor vehicle, small van or motorcycle is eligible to apply for a permit.

The standard proposed permit costs is £52 per year, but varies depending on the operational hours. This charge is currently under review, so may change before the scheme is brought into operation. For the most up to date information, please visit our resident parking webpage

A RPS directly benefits the residents that live in the particular streets covered by the proposed scheme. Therefore, it is felt that the cost of permits should be borne by those residents and not the council. 

You can apply online or complete and return an application form to the Council.

Resident parking permits are valid for one year from the date of issue. 

No, residents’ will only need to purchase a permit if they, or their visitors park within a residents parking during the schemes operational hours

You would be able to apply for visitor permits which cost in the region of £15 each and allow 5 separate visits. You can apply for up to 20 permits per year. Tradespeople permits are available for those working in an RPS from April 2018. Residents that receive care in their own home can apply for medical permits which are free of charge. Visitor permit costs are also under review, so may change before the scheme is brought into operation. For more details on permits, please see our resident parking webpage.

In some RPSs we allocate short-stay pay and display spaces near shops and other business premises to encourage a regular turnover of parking. Businesses operating within a RPS may, at the discretion of the Council, be considered eligible for a permit. The charge applied will be considerably higher than for residents’ permits.

Blue badge holders do not need a permit, but they need to display their badge. Any time limits will not apply to blue badge holders.

No firm decisions have yet been made. Your local County Councillors have been involved from an early stage and have established that there is general support for parking controls. We now need to find out what residents across the whole RPS think about this to decide whether to take it forward.Even if you do not drive or own a car, the scheme may affect you as a resident and any visitors you receive so please, give us your views too. The Council’s policy is that a scheme requires support from at least 50% of respondents before we will proceed. If support is lower than that, it is unlikely that the scheme would go ahead.

The Council would still have to publish formal notices and carry out the statutory consultation. This provides a further opportunity for residents and others to have their say and any objections would need to be fully considered by the Council. This process could take six months or more to complete.

If you need more information before completing the survey, please email [email protected] 

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