Future parking services strategy to be considered by BCP Council

Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2019

Plans to consolidate BCP Council’s parking service and build a modern, responsive and efficient service are being discussed.

Recommendations for a Strategic Parking Review, which will create a single parking strategy for BCP Council, will be presented to Cabinet next week (Wednesday 9 October 2019).

From 1 April 2019, all on street parking and Council owned car parks within Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole were brought together under the new combined authority. Now in BCP Council, they were previously managed by four separate councils with individual corporate and service plans and objectives.

The proposed BCP Council Strategic Parking Review will be used to form a new single strategy for parking provision, operation, pricing and enforcement across the council’s highway network and car parks. The strategy, which will have equalities at its heart, will consider the different characteristics of wards, taking into account seasonal variation where appropriate and recognising the different needs of the district and town centres.

Councillor Andy Hadley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“Looking to the future it makes sense for us to have a single car parking policy and strategy. This will help us to improve upon the three services previously provided and develop a modern service that works alongside our wider plans for encouraging more sustainable ways of travel.’’

Councillor Margaret Phipps, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said:

“We need to harmonise services and the proposed Strategic Car Parking Review will help to achieve this goal. It will also enable us to determine a positive parking strategy for the future in line with our customer needs and future growth.’’

Please see the link to the latest Cabinet reports here.