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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. 

View results of Benson North public consultation

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.

Proposed Resident Parking scheme areas

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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.

Residential Parking

Frequently Asked Questions

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All implementation costs for these schemes will be covered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Stages of introducing a resident parking scheme

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Once a proposed parking scheme gains more than 50% of support from respondents within the scheme boundary, we can apply for 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.
  4. 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. 

Public Consultation Stage

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 HouseholdsNo of responses% Support% Opposed % Undecided
Benson North 1022 358 55% 43% 2%

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.  


Statutory Consultation 

Details of the Statutory Consultation for Benson North will be shared here shortly.


Installation

Following the statutory consultation stage and discussion at the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee on 24 July 2018, the residential parking scheme for Newnham was approved. Signage for Newnham will be confirmed after further discussion with Council Officers, Local County and Ward Councillors and the Chair of Cambridge Joint Area Committee. Information on the installation will be shared after this is agreed.

Results from Stage Two formal consultation
SchemeNo. of HouseholdsNo. of responses% Responded% Support% Opposed% Undecided
Newnham 953 341 36% 66% 22% 12%

Following the statutory consultation stage and discussion at the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee on 24 July 2018, the residential parking scheme for Coleridge West was approved. 

The installation is complete and the parking scheme is live.  Residents can now apply for a permit online.

Results from Stage Two formal consultation
SchemeNo. of HouseholdsNo. of responses% Responded% Support% Opposed% Undecided
Coleridge West 1949 314 16% 53% 46% 1%

Following the statutory consultation stage and discussion at the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee on 17 April 2018, the residential parking schemes for Accordia and Staffordshire were approved. 

The installation is complete and both parking schemes are live.  Residents can now apply for a permit online.

Results from Stage Two formal consultation
SchemeNo. HouseholdsNo. Responses% Responded% Support% Oppose% Undecided
Accordia 379 124 33% 87% 13% 0%
Staffordshire 86 25 29% 96% 4% 0%

Following the statutory consultation stage and discussion at the Cambridge Joint Area Committee on 27 November 2018, schemes in both Ascham and Victoria areas were agreed. Information on the installations can be found below.

Results from Stage Two formal consultation

Scheme

Total Households

No of responses

% Responded 

% Support

% Oppose

% Undecided

 Victoria

472

144

31%

53%

46%

1%

Ascham

446

112

25%

65%

32%

3%

Ascham

The installation for the Ascham area is complete and the parking scheme is live. Residents can now apply for a permit online.

Victoria

Installation of signs and lining in the Victoria area will take place from Monday 10 June until Friday 28 June 2019. We ask all residents to not park their cars on the road while the works are underway.

Victoria installation schedule (PDF)
Victoria signing and lining overview (PDF)
Victoria signing and lining - 1 of 3 (PDF)
Victoria signing and lining - 2 of 3 (PDF)
Victoria signing and lining - 3 of 3 (PDF)

The Victoria scheme will not become operational until mid-July 2019. Residents will receive a letter around this time to confirm when they will need to apply for a permit. You can find out more about how to apply for a permit on our resident parking permit webpage. Please be aware you will not be able to apply for a permit until you receive a letter from our Parking Team.


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
SchemeTotal householdsNo of responses% Responded% Support% Oppose% Undecided
York 1249 321 26% 47% 50% 3%
Stretten* 818 129 16% 40% 57% 2%
Stourbridge 526 90 17% 37% 62% 1%

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.

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