The introduction of pay-by-phone parking, reconfiguration of the Wilton Road car park and a temporary park and ride scheme are among the future possibilities suggested in a new car and coach parking strategy for Melton.
Melton Council commissioned consultants Peter Brett Associates to draw up the strategy for the town centre, reviewing car and coach parking provision with the overall aim of boosting tourism and making Melton a more appealing place to shop, visit and do business.
The council’s rural, economic and environmental affairs committee has approved the strategy, with members particularly acknowledging the need to improve and increase coach parking provision in the town to help attract more tourists and boost the local economy.
Among the recommendations in the strategy are:
l For the council to introduce a free, short-stay tariff (up to 20 minutes) in the short-stay town centre car parks, which would relieve demand for on-street parking and reduce traffic issues created by people driving around looking for spaces
l Changing parking charges to encourage better use of long-stay and short-stay car parks
l Introducing a park and ride scheme to accomodate parking at high demand times such as Tuesdays and for big events
l Re-designing the Wilton Road car park to increase coach parking provision
l Introducing flexible payment methods for parking, such as pay-by-phone, giving visitors more flexibility to extend their parking when needed.
Harrinder Rai, the council’s head of communities and neighbourhoods, stressed that any initiatives to come out of the strategy would be ‘fully appraised’ before going back to the rural, economic and environmental affairs committee for formal approval.
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