Cambridge is a diverse city with local communities having different needs. Across the city, increases in non-resident and commuter parking has lead to residents not being able to park near their own homes. One of the best ways of tackling this would be prioritising parking for local residents with a Residential Parking Scheme. We want to find out what everyone thinks and whether there is local support for the proposed parking restrictions.
Areas where a resident parking scheme is being proposed
Over the coming five years, we are looking at 26 potential areas across the city where a residential parking scheme could work. Schemes for Accordia, Staffordshire, Newnham, Coleridge West, Ascham and Victoria areas have already been approved.
Once an area has a parking scheme in place, it could cause increased parking demand in neighbouring streets. We are looking to avoid this by introducing neighbouring schemes at similar times where possible.
Have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions document to find out more about how a resident parking scheme works and how you could be affected.
All implementation costs for these schemes will be covered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.
Stages of introducing a resident parking scheme
- First, we have an informal stage where we assess general customer feedback in relation to parking within a particular area. We also speak to local councillors to gauge their views. This gives us an idea of how serious parking problems are across the city.
- Secondly, we conduct a public consultation. This is to give all residents within that scheme the chance to shape what kind of parking scheme gets introduced. It also helps us understand what the local concerns are and the level of support for non-resident parking restrictions. If a certain aspect of the scheme is unliked, we may be able to alter it so it works for as many residents as possible.
- Once a proposed parking scheme gains more than 50% of support from respondents within the scheme boundary, we can apply for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This requires a statutory consultation. This is the final way for residents to have their say. Notices are advertised and people can submit written support, comments or objections. These will be considered before final approval at Cambridge Joint Area Committee.
- Before implementation, any signage and road markings are installed and residents will be notified on how to apply for parking permits. The scheme will then be in effect and residents will need to apply for a resident parking permit.
We recently conducted a public consultation for the Benson North area in West Cambridge. This consultation closed 15 March 2019. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond and give feedback. The results can be viewed below.
|Total Households||No of responses||% Support||% Opposed||% Undecided|
The Benson North scheme has surpassed the 50% resident support needed at Public Consultation Stage and will continue onto the next stage Statutory Consultation shortly.
Schemes not being taken forward
We recently conducted formal consultations for residential parking schemes in York, Stretten and Stourbridge areas. The consultation results for these areas can be found below.
|* Results for Stretten do not add up to 100% due to rounding of figures|
|Scheme||Total households||No of responses||% Responded||% Support||% Oppose||% Undecided|
Following the outcome of these consultations, these schemes will not be taken forward to the next stage of planning. Thank you to everyone who responded and we are reviewing the valuable feedback we received. We will only look at future parking proposals for these areas if parking issues change or if the community can show that the cause of the failure to gather the required majority has been overcome.