Parking consultation

How we will deliver our ambition

There are nine objectives that will guide the development of our Parking Strategy. These objectives have been created to reflect the issues which have been identified as being important locally, while at the same time ensuring the delivery of wider national and local policy.

These nine objectives are:

  1. Make Central Bedfordshire and its town centres as accessible to residents, businesses and visitors as possible to ensure growth and prosperity
  2. Ensure that parking schemes for residents, businesses and visitors are well managed
  3. Promote the safety of all road users
  4. Ensure that there is sufficient and appropriate parking for new developments
  5. Fulfil our statutory requirements for the parking we provide
  6. Help ensure that our roads are well managed
  7. Provide alternative travel choices that are sustainable
  8. Provide effective enforcement or parking restrictions
  9. Work in partnership with other parking providers (such as railway stations, retail parks etc.) so we can provide the best service possible

Alongside this questionnaire, we are also undertaking a number of area assessments where we will look at the existing parking pressures across key towns in the region. We will focus these assessments on towns where parking is already under pressure, or where it is likely to be in the future. We will consider parking issues linked to busy town centres, train stations, schools, and workplaces (as appropriate to the particular town).

A comprehensive parking assessment has previously been conducted in Biggleswade and following local consultation the recommendations are now being implemented. A similar assessment has been carried out in Leighton Buzzard.

The assessments looked at the specific local parking issues and proposed options that would help to address the parking problems in those towns. We intend to use these examples as best practice for other locations within Central Bedfordshire.

So that people can make an informed choice about the impact of some of the proposed policy areas and actions, we intend to conduct some further parking assessments in Dunstable; Flitwick; and Sandy. Because their train stations create a large proportion of their traffic, there will also be smaller assessments made at Harlington and Arlesey.

Along with the information from the parking assessments, we will also use the policies and actions set out in appendix A (PDF 132KB) to guide decisions about changes to parking that we might make.

When looking at these, we will consider three distinct factors, which are:

  • quantity - how well does the number of parking spaces meet the level and type of demand in an area, both currently and in the future?
  • quality - relating to location, level of service and the design of parking facilities
  • parking control and pricing - who has access to parking spaces and when

The public and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to have their say on proposed local changes to parking before those changes are made.