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North Warwickshire Borough Council set to invest in improved car parking

Published on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021

North Warwickshire is due to see significant changes to how car parking is managed in the Borough.

On street parking has until now been enforced by the Police however this is due to change to Warwickshire County Council next year.

As a result North Warwickshire Borough Council has been reviewing how its car parks are managed. Until now the car parks have offered significant periods of free parking, one of very few areas not to make any charges for parking. However this has led to concerns of insufficient turnover, particularly in the Borough’s Market towns including people using the free parking to leave their cars whilst they then visit other areas. 

The changes to more direct enforcement of on street parking, including parking on double yellow lines, in the new year means new measures for car parks are inevitable and North Warwickshire Borough Council has been consulting on changes, including the introduction of charges in its car parks.

Following a successful consultation process which gathered the views of nearly 500 people, the Borough Council is due to decide next Monday (8th) on the final scheme. The key issue raised in the consultation is how long the initial free period should be, with around a third of responders suggesting that the proposed one hour was not enough. As a result therefore the Council’s Resources Board is being asked to consider increasing this to two hours, together with a significant discount of around a third for those who buy a season ticket. 

Speaking as the proposals were published Leader of the Council, Councillor David Wright said:

“Introducing changes such as this is never easy but the need to more actively manage parking, particularly in our market towns, is necessary and now inevitable given that enforcement of parking on double yellow lines and other on street parking is moving from the Police to the County Council. Repeated studies show that the sort of active management we are proposing produces churn in our towns to ensure there is sufficient parking for people using the shops and other facilities, rather than people parking all day. 

We are investing a significant amount of money into making this work, intending to spend nearly £80,000 per year more than we currently do improving how our car parks function. We will review the arrangements in around 18 months’ time to check if we have struck the right balance.

We are extremely grateful for the very many people who have contacted us to positively express their views and suggestions on how this change could work. We have once again demonstrated that we are a listening Council as we are now proposing to double the amount of free time people can park, from one hour to two. This will cost the Council an estimated  £95,000 which will need to find from elsewhere given the reduction in income we are facing.”

If passed by the Council it is expected that the new arrangements will be introduced next year.