Torbay Council Consultation: New Parking Strategy

Since the Review of Parking consultation earlier this year, a strategy has been developed. We are now consulting on the new Parking Strategy between 18 July and 26 August 2016

“To provide a fair and consistent approach to the way we manage parking while supporting the Council’s ambition to create a ‘Prosperous and Healthy’ Torbay”

The first redrafting of this strategy since 2006, it sets out the key work areas for Parking Services over the next five years. We are keen to ensure, through public consultation, that the content of the Strategy meets the expectations of our community.

This Parking Strategy has been prepared with the future of parking in the Bay in mind and in response to the findings of the Parking Review. It reflects the aspirations of the Local Transport Plan as well as the Ambitions, Targeted Actions and Principles set out Council’s Corporate Plan (2015 ~ 2019).

Torbay Council seeks to make efficient and effective use of available resources as it continues to give a range of parking provisions. As parking affects many facets of life for residents, businesses and visitors to Torbay, it seeks to balance the needs of everyone, car users and non-users alike within a local transport network constrained by both capacity and topography. This includes emergency services, commuters, public transport users and groups with more specific needs.

Faced with the prospect of increasing levels of car ownership, the strategy aims to Support the local economy and keep our road network free from the detrimental effects of traffic congestion and pollution.

These core values will underpin our approach to parking.

1. Collaboration and transparency

We will provide clear information about parking and involve or consult communities in the development of policy and the design of local schemes; as we ensure Torbay remains an attractive and safe place to live and visit.

2. Quality of life

We will consider the impact of parking on health, safety and the general well-being of residents, workers and visitors, as we promote healthy lifestyles across Torbay.

3. Value for money

We will maximise value for money through considered and well managed parking schemes, intelligent use of technology and fair charges and enforcement as we work towards a more prosperous Torbay.

4. Fairness and consistency

We will take a fair and consistent approach to meet the needs of individuals and communities as best as possible whilst using reducing resources to best effect.

5. Efficiency and effectiveness

We will make optimum use of parking spaces and provide services that are responsive to need and adaptable by adopting an integrated and joined up approach.

6. Supporting the economy

All new parking schemes will aim to assist existing businesses and attract new businesses as we work towards a more prosperous Torbay.

Please visit www.torbay.gov.uk/consultation to read the strategy and tell us your thoughts on or before 26 August 2016 via consultation@torbay.gov.uk