Sunday, 22 June 2014

CAR PARKING CHANGES

Erewash councillors look set to recommend to the next meeting of Full Council that a Traffic Regulation Order be amended – the first step towards the proposed introduction of ‘transferable’ car parking tickets within the borough later this year. A report to the Council Executive meeting this week asks councillors to recommend that Full Council on 26th June agrees to change the Order. If agreed a required legal process to confirm the proposed change would then begin, with the ‘transferable’ ticket scheme expected to go ‘live’ in the late autumn. Allowing the transfer of parking tickets between the council’s car parks was initially suggested by local traders and the proposal is part of the council’s on-going commitment to helping the regeneration of the borough’s town centres. If introduced, the proposal would mean motorists could transfer their pay and display tickets on the day of purchase between car parks of the same designation only. Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This is very much the first stage of permitting ‘transferable’ tickets, something which we would hope to have in place later in the year. It would certainly offer greater flexibility and convenience for shoppers and encourage movement between different areas of the town centres.”
If the proposed change is introduced, notice boards in car parks of the same designation - long stay, short stay and cheap long stay – would be colour or symbol coded to help shoppers see which car parks they can move to using a transferable ticket. The Council Executive meeting was held at Ilkeston Town Hall on Thursday 19th June.