Major Review Of Parking Set To Take Place In Ely

A MAJOR review of parking is set to take place in Ely. Council bosses are currently evaluating the city s existing parking provision, following talks between Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC). The review will pr

A MAJOR review of parking is set to take place in Ely.

Council bosses are currently evaluating the city's existing parking provision, following talks between Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC).

The review will precede the introduction of a residents' parking scheme and could see an increase in traffic warden patrols in the city.

The first part of the review will analyse the demand for parking and try to discover where the demand is coming from: shoppers, business, commuters and residents. It will then be necessary to look at the space that can be allocated to parking and balance the needs of the various parties. They will then take the work to a formal process for agreement.

ECDC recently carried out a similar review before approving a revised off-street parking order earlier this year, which saw the retention of coach parking facilities in Barton Street, resolved to research the number of residents affected by parking regulations and to keep the Cresswells car park open. Season tickets are also now on offer to users of the Angel Drove car park following the review.

Councillor Steve Criswell, who is leading the review for the county council, said: "Parking can often be complicated and contentious. Our review aims to try and simplify the situation, reduce congestion and encourage safe parking. It is well known that there are limited spaces in Ely but we must try and find a way to balance the needs of those who come to the city. We know the district council has done a lot of hard work in looking at the parking in Ely so we hope by reviewing on-street parking we can make a real improvement to the city."

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Councillor Fred brown, leader of ECDC, said: "We have always said that the best way to resolve the parking problems in Ely is to look at both on and off-street parking. By ensuring all parking is managed in a co-ordinated way, we can better manage the finite resources available in the city. The review provides an opportunity for even closer working between the county and district councils on parking issues and share the knowledge we both have for the benefit of our residents."

The review will begin in the summer, with the outcomes being rolled out next year.

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