District Wide Car Parking Strategy

The South Somerset District Wide Car Parking Strategy looks at future car parking needs in the District's main settlements.

The Strategy consists of two documents:

Part 1: The Executive Strategy Document which includes an Action Plan for delivery. The document builds on the basis provided by the Study Report and addresses the possible undersupply of parking in some of the main towns, the management options for car parking including review of supply and demand, car park layouts, tariffs (costs and times), alternative methods of management, and potential for alleviating demand. The Executive Strategy also considers the possible introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE).

Part 2: The Study Report was published as a consultation draft on 30th June 2006 and sets out the framework for all parking matters up to 2016. It covers many different aspects of car parking including data collection and analysis, production of demand forecasts town by town, explanations of options for dealing with any imbalance between car parking supply and demand, modelling of possible tariff changes, the enforcement of regulations for both SSDC car parks and on-street parking, and the implications of introducing Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (now known as Civil Parking Enforcement) ie the transfer of on-street enforcement from Police to Local Authority personnel.

The Report is supported by detailed technical analysis on a number of issues and these are attached as appendices. Additionally, summary results of surveys of car park use can be viewed as can maps of the main settlements showing their car parks.

The Study Report acts as a foundation for the District Wide Parking Strategy and consideration of comments received during consultation with stakeholders led to the formulation of the Executive Strategy Document.

Please note: the District Wide Car Parking Strategy was subject to a review, the South Somerset Car Parking Strategy Review, which was adopted by Full Council on Thursday 20 June 2013.