Cheltenham traders' group welcomes new parking restrictions
THE approval of a parking scheme in Cheltenham has been welcomed by a shopkeepers' leader.
Changes to the parking arrangements are good news for traders, according to Suffolk Traders' Association chairwoman Michele Beint.
But she warned that the success of the scheme in The Suffolks would depend on whether the rules were enforced.
Mrs Beint, who owns Capability, in Suffolk Parade, said: "It looks like the traders here will get a better deal from this. People will have somewhere to park when they drop into the shops but they won't be able to just park all day.
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"The important part is that when the scheme is brought in, it is enforced properly, because at the moment the restrictions are not."
The changes will mean zone 8 permit holders will be able to park in any of the roads in the area, which stretches from Montpellier Terrace to the edge of, but not including Ashford Road, and from Southwood Lane to Bath Road.
And motorists who want to stop in the zone will be able to park for up to two, three or four hours, depending on which road. It is hoped that the measures will stop commuters using the area for parking and free up spaces for those wishing to use the shops and cafés in the area.
But the review has not pleased everybody and of the 90 homes that responded to the consultation, 58 objected to the scheme, accounting for four per cent of the households in the zone.
Cleevely Motors manager Matt Cleevely said: "We were hoping that it would be left alone because we manage with the area and the residents as it is. It isn't ideal, but we can manage." The review was started last year and involved the county council hosting residents' meetings.
Shire Hall carried it out as part of a far-reaching review into parking restrictions in the area surrounding Cheltenham town centre.
Shire Hall cabinet member for economy and environment Councillor Chas Fellows (C, Chalford) said: "We put together a scheme aimed at alleviating the situation and these proposals have received support from local people."
Parking permits cost £80 per year for one car, with charges of £100 for an additional vehicle.