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Car Parking Strategy

Published: 14/04/2015

A Strategy, which will introduce parking charges at all viable Flintshire County Council-owned town car parks, will be discussed by members of the Councils Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 15 April, with a recommendation that it moves forward for approval to Cabinet next Tuesday (21 April). Parking measures and enforcement are key tools in managing an effective highway network and helping to avoid congestion. Effectively managing off street parking usage is essential to help maintain the vibrancy and vitality of a town. The overarching Council Parking Strategy has been developed to provide a consistent approach to off-street parking in town car parks. After considering the feedback received during the open public consultation period and the workshops with county, town and community councillors, the proposed parking management arrangements will be applied only in towns where the total number of available Council owned parking spaces exceeds 50 spaces. Parking charges will apply in the following towns across the County: - Flint - Holywell - Mold - Buckley - Connah’s Quay - Queensferry - Shotton Talacre will also be included in the car park management arrangements because of local concerns regarding parking and the impact it has on the local community and businesses. The car parks in Caergwrle and Hawarden have been removed from the parking strategy. There are no plans to introduce charges for disabled car users at Council car parks in designated disabled parking bays. A workplace parking permit scheme will also be introduced for employee parking areas in Mold (County Hall) and Flint. These are car parks designated within the local Car Park management areas and permits will be required by both employees and Councillors working and regularly visiting these buildings. There will be no charge for evening parking in Mold however a contribution towards the cost of car park maintenance will be raised through a levy applied to all theatre tickets sales in Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Full details of the strategies, including the charges proposed, can be found on the Council’s website. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Deputy Leader, said: The Car Parking Strategy is being introduced as part of our challenge to find efficiencies in the order of £18+m in the coming financial year. We have modified the original proposals to take account of the main concerns raised during the recent consultation, and I would like to thank all those who took part and shared their views.”