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Changes to Guildford's on-street parking restrictions

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Changes to Guildford's on-street parking restrictions

Published at 10:42am 25th September 2018. (Updated at 6:35pm 26th September 2018)

As Guildford is named one of the most congested towns in the UK...Surrey County Council are reviewing the town's on-street parking ticketing system. 

The council is set to make a number of changes to the permit and ticketing system across the town, such as extending parking restrictions to weekends and introducing pay and display systems in residential areas. 

A review was presented to Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council at a committee meeting on Wednesday 19 September, where the town's parking review group came up with a number of suggestions for the scheme.

guildford parking charges
Each area has hundreds of permit holders

 The following recommendations have been made:

  • Parking restrictions in areas A, B, C, D are to be extended to 8:30am - 9pm 7 days a week
  • Free limited waiting bays in areas A,B, C to be charged
  • Pay and display charges to be extended into residential areas
  • Some pay and display bays that are not frequently used to be made available to permit holders
  • Area A permit holders to be granted access to area E
  • Saturday parking controls in parts of area J to be removed
  • Pay by phone system to be available for visitors, alongside visitor scratch cards
  • Annual household limit for visiitor scratch cards to be doubled

The suggestions have been referred for further investigation to a new working group.

Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council already work in partnership on a range of projects and the committee will help the two councils to better co-ordinate plans for services that affect the local community.

Surrey County Councillor, Keith Taylor, Chairman of The Guildford Joint Committee, said: "This first meeting highlights the excellent work we're doing with Surrey's district and borough councils and how these partnerships play a key role - joint committees are the way forward for better, faster and more locally-accountable decisions on things that matter to our residents."

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of Guildford Borough Council and Vice Chair of the committee, said: "We are delighted to have had the first Guildford Joint Committee meeting.

"The committee aims to simplify and speed up local decision making and encourage resident engagement - strengthening local democracy. All members have equal voting rights on the issues that are important for our local communities."

Parking charges in Guildford generate money to fund the town's park and ride services - its predicted that the income for 2017/18 will be over £600,000.


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