Have your say on a new green parking strategy for the St Albans district

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A consultation has opened on a new parking strategy for the district of St Albans, designed to be more environmentally friendly and improve accessibility.

Residents, businesses, community groups and other organizations are invited to provide input to help shape the final document.

The strategy will provide a plan for managing public car parks owned by St Albans City and District Council and on-street parking over the next five years.

It has four key objectives, including tackling the climate emergency and improving accessibility.

The strategy also aims to make the most of digital technology and ensure more effective enforcement.

A number of projects to achieve these goals have been proposed, including measures to reduce carbon emissions and encourage environmentally friendly transport.

The Council’s public domain committee discussed the draft strategy at its meeting on Thursday 15 September and agreed that a consultation could take place.

It will start on Monday September 26th and will last for four weeks until Tuesday October 25th. It can be accessed here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Parking_Consultation_2022-2027/.

Councilor Helen Campbell, chair of the committee, said after the meeting:

We are working on a parking strategy that achieves a number of clear goals.

We want it to meet the needs of all of our residents, including those with mobility issues. We also want it to support the local economy, provide visitors with a positive experience, and tackle the climate emergency.

The strategy will provide us with a framework for the next five years, shaping the projects we will undertake to further improve this important public service.

We want to hear from as many residents, businesses and community groups as possible to learn their priorities and ensure the strategy meets their needs.

All feedback we receive on the key principles and projects we propose will be considered before completing the final strategy document.

Among the projects proposed in the climate change strategy are the introduction of charging stations for electric vehicles in car parks and the promotion of car clubs.

Proposals to improve enforcement when motorists park recklessly or illegally include targeting congestion caused by parking outside schools and identifying hot spots for illegal parking.

In order to better meet the needs of disabled and elderly people, the Council is considering reviewing the current parking space designations.

Digital technology could lead to the introduction of paperless virtual parking permits and the removal of parking meters.

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Media contacts: John McJannet, Senior Communications Officer, St Albans City District Council: 01727-819533, [email protected]

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