A draft strategy which will shape the council’s approach to parking in the Borough for the next 10 years, is set to be discussed by the council’s Cabinet next week.
The draft Parking Strategy (agenda item 11, Tuesday 14 September) is the first of its kind in Southend-on-Sea and will look to provide an over-arching plan for how existing and future parking schemes across the town are implemented. This will include how schemes follow four new principles of parking; safety, fairness, consistency and a transparent approach.
In 2019, the council launched a comprehensive strategic parking review, with the aim of improving the existing parking across the Borough to benefit residents, businesses and visitors to the town. As part of this review, the council consulted with internal stakeholders on the draft parking strategy, with comments feeding into the draft document.
The council’s Cabinet are now recommended to approve the draft strategy so that it can go out to wider public consultation for residents and businesses to have their say and help shape the report before the strategy is finalised for approval in 2022.
Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, asset management and inward investment, said: “As an administration, one of our priorities has been to overhaul a variety of previous parking and highways policies for the Borough to ensure there is a consistent approach to make driving and parking in our town as easy and affordable as possible.
“This draft parking strategy will provide a clear direction for the policy over the next 10 years, so that all current and future parking projects are connected through our values of making parking fair, safe, consistent and transparent and help us ensure that parking in local streets is also truly accessible for local residents. For this to be a success, we need to ensure all stakeholders have their say, most importantly our residents and businesses.
“I look forward to discussing this report in full with my Cabinet colleagues, and hope that subject to approval, we will have a parking strategy that will benefit the town for years to come.”