A review of on-street parking in Cirencester will begin this summer after years of lobbying by local Councillors and residents.
Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) cabinet member for parking confirmed the authority would begin work to help tackle Cirencester’s parking problems in an email to Cirencester’s two County Councillors.
The County Council last reviewed on-street parking in the town in 2012/13, the process ended in failure with the authority citing a lack of consensus as the reason for abandoning the review.
Both Cirencester Town Council and Cotswold District Council requested that GCC undertake a review at the end of last year to compliment the work currently being undertaken by the District Council in delivering a multi-storey car park.
Gloucestershire County Councillor for Cirencester Park, Joe Harris is now hosting a public meeting on April 5th at the Ashcroft Church to set the ball rolling before the review starts.
Councillor Joe Harris (LD, Cirencester Park) said: “This is huge news for Cirencester and an opportunity to help ease the huge problems we face with parking in the Town. I’m contacted daily by many residents who face challenges such as struggling to park near their home and from nuisance parking from people visiting the town. “
“I think it’s important that as a community we have an idea of what we want when the County Council begin the parking review so that we can begin to build a consensus. We’re hosting ‘the Big parking meeting’ on April 5th, aside from explaining the process I hope to hear from residents with what their problems are and to identify potential solutions so that when the County Council start the review we can give them a clear steer in the right direction.
“This review won’t solve every problem but it can go a long way into helping improve the situation across the town.”
Local resident Sally Hilliker, who lives in Purley Road said: “On-street parking schemes haven’t been changed in Cirencester for a very long time and years on residents needs are now very different. What’s needed is a holistic approach that puts local residents first to improve the situation in their area.
“Since the last review five years ago I’ve been working with residents across the town to try and understand their parking issues, I hope that people will attend the meeting on 5th April so we can take a stab at solving the problem.”
The meeting will be held at the Ashcroft Church in Ashcroft Road on Thursday 5th April at 7pm.
Gloucestershire County Council are responsible for ON-STREET parking and Cotswold District Council for OFF STREET (Car parks).