by Iain Roberts on 6 March, 2015
In recent months the Lib Dem team has been working to see how we can free up spaces for shoppers in Cheadle’s car parks.
Cheadle has more car parking than any other district centre in Stockport – over 400 spaces in the car parks plus a range of short-stay near the village centre (e.g. Ashfield Road, Charlotte Street, Oak Road) but traders and shoppers have been complaining that people often can’t find a space to park.
The challenge for us as councillors is that there are different groups who want different things. People who work in the village want to be able to park cheaply all day. Traders and shoppers want more short-stay parking. Residents don’t want even more cars pushed out of the car parks and onto their roads. Finding a solution that works for everyone isn’t easy!
We’ve now gathered the evidence to better understand the problem – a useful exercise as it turns out one of our key assumptions was wrong. We had thought the issue was more people parking all day in the car parks, but the figures suggest 90% of tickets are bought by people parking for 3 hours or less,
Here are the figures:
In total we have 419 spaces in the car parks (plus the ones in Ashfield Road and the unrestricted parking around Brooklyn Crescent etc.).
There are 105 residents permits for people who live on roads like Lime Grove, though as many of those will work elsewhere I’m sure the number parking in the car parks on a week day is far lower.
There are 79 contract permits – some are for businesses in the village centre, but others are not and these could be looked at: do we want to prioritise spaces for shoppers over spaces for business parking?
We looked at 6 months of data from the Massie Street West car park and found that 90% are parking for 3 hours or less and less than 5% are people parking for more than 5 hours. The full figures are:
1 hour: 54.58%
2 hours: 30.13%
3 hours: 5.64%
4 hours: 1.16%
5 hours: 4.76%
6 hours: 0.54%
7 hours: 0.58%
8 hours: 0.78%
9 hours: 0.51%
10 hours: 1.54%
As the charges are stable at 20p an hour, there’s no financial incentive to ‘feed the meter’ and traffic wardens patrol regularly so I’d be surprised if there were significant numbers of people paying for 1-3 hours and staying all day: they’re very easy to catch and fine.
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