Oct 28 2009 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
ZONES, a new charging system and even season tickets are among the measures being proposed to tackle parking woes in and around Stirling city centre.
At a meeting tomorrow Stirling councillors will be asked to back officials’ recommendations.
Implementing the proposals would cost around £30,000. Revising the lengths of stay and charging regime will also result in an estimated income loss of £70,000 a year, based on current ticket sales levels.
However, officials expect that reducing and simplifying charges will see a rise in the number of tickets sold.
Officials said: “The review highlighted that, regardless of the charges or restriction on the length of stay, improvements were required to make access to parking easier for the public and businesses.
“A suggested zoned charging regime will make the arrangements clearer and easier for the public to understand and enable information to be made available in the form of leaflets, maps and on the web.
“It is proposed that a season ticket system be implemented. This system would apply in the outer on-street parking areas and periphery car parks only. Season tickets would be available to be purchased on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.
“Whilst an individual space could not be reserved under this system, the capacity available in the outer zones would ensure season ticket holders could get parked.
“For all season tickets an appropriate discount would apply in line with similar discounts for other season tickets operated by the council.”
Officials said the flexibility of the current system for residents’ parking, delivered through a mixture of dedicated spaces and the entitlement to use pay and display spaces, was “generally effective”.
However, there are a few areas with too many residents’ spaces and a few with not enough.
Enforcing dedicated residents’ parking bays and disabled parking spaces 24 hours a day, seven days a week, was felt to be impracticable.
If outline proposals are agreed an initial consultation would take place in November/December. A second consultation would take place in mid-February on any changes to traffic regulation orders.
Changes to ticket machines, signs, etc, would be carried out in April/May and the new arrangements would come into effect in early summer.