Pay and display set for Biddulph streets

King Street copy 2Two streets in Biddulph town centre are set to have parking charges introduced.

Staffs County Council considered the proposal of introducing on-street parking in the High Street and King Street, in Biddulph at the last meeting of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee.

The aim of the proposal is to ensure that the parking provided in town centres and elsewhere are appropriate for the situation and support the needs of the local community.

A report to the committee suggests that implementing parking charges will improve the ‘turnover’ rate of cars parking in the streets which may benefit the shops and businesses in the town centre, and that time limits for parking would be easier to enforce.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport said, “Staffordshire is still going to be reliant on the car for many years to come, so it’s essential to develop a strategy that balances the use of short-stay on-street parking and long-stay car parks on the edge of town centres.

“Providing the right amount of on-street parking with flexible charging regimes will encourage the use of high streets, improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and improve access for disabled motorists.

“But at the same time we must strike a balance with creating a good quality of life for residents, encouraging pedestrians and cyclists, and promoting the use of public transport.”

The plans were recommended for approval at the meeting and will now be issued for consultation and formal adoption.

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