Councillors in Babergh will next week be asked to approve a consultation on a new parking plan for the district.
The draft Joint Area Parking Plan, which does not include any proposals to increase car parking charges in Babergh, sets out eight parking policy objectives and what they are intended to achieve. They include proposals that will:
The policies will be used to guide councils’ decision making around parking. The proposed plan does not set out specific proposals for parking restrictions for specific areas, nor is it a blue-print to change current paid parking arrangements.
The plan will be considered by Babergh District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday 6 February 2019. If approved, the consultation will be launched in February and run for six weeks.
Councillor John Ward, Leader of Babergh District Council, said: “In rural areas such as Babergh, cars provide a vital link that keep communities connected. In recognising this, we have to create an environment in which the end of a car journey is made as simple as leaving home at the start. This isn’t about parking charges: it’s about the need to have a clear, comprehensive policy on parking across Babergh and with Cabinet’s approval that is what the consultation will set out to achieve.”
The plan is required as part of a Suffolk-wide initiative for Suffolk Police to hand over to local authorities legal powers and responsibility for civil parking enforcement. This is because Suffolk Police do not currently have the resources to enforce parking restrictions, leaving many local communities at risk of inconsiderate parking. This move requires parliamentary approval.