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Council considers responses to parking consultation

MORE than a thousand people have responded to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s consultation on proposed changes to on-street parking.

The proposals to base residents’ parking permit charges on vehicles emissions and move long-stay visitor parking to off-street car parks are designed to improve air quality while also meeting the council’s wider transport policy aims.

The results of the four-week consultation and the Equalities Impact Statement will be published on the council’s website and considered before the council’s cabinet makes a final decision later this summer. Residents, businesses, and visitors will then have a further opportunity to comment on the proposals when Traffic Regulation Orders are advertized ahead of the introduction of the on-street parking changes in January next years.

It’s the first time in eight years that the council has reviewed the price of residents’ parking permits. Vehicles would be placed in a charging band according to their recorded CO2 emissions with the DVLA. Residents can check DVLA records to confirm their emissions, or engine capacity, online at https://www.gov.uk/get-vehicle-information-from-dvla

Under the proposal the base price of a residents’ parking permit would remain at £100 a year with a second permit costing £160 where the most polluting vehicle on the permit emits less than 131g/km of CO2. Charges for higher polluting vehicles would increase by 5% for each subsequent emissions band. Diesel vehicles would be subject to an additional 25% surcharge in order to reduce NO2 emissions in the shortest possible time.

Other proposed changes include:

• Residents’ parking visitor permit charges to be increased by 50p a day in year one with subsequent rises of 25p a day in years two and three.

• A review of hotel, guest house, and holiday let permits – to reallocate the parking to car parks and to include the introduction of digitised permits

• A review of medical permits – to include the introduction of digitized permits to counter misuse and an increase to bring the charge in-line with residents’ permits

• An increase in trade permit charges

• The introduction of half-day paper visitor permits to support vulnerable residents unable to access the financial savings offered by digital permits.

Revenue from the proposals would pay for their implementation and running costs with any surplus used to support the development of sustainable transport schemes across Bath and North East Somerset.

Full details of the proposals can be viewed here: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/parking-permits-consultation-april-2021/project-timeline

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