By Tristan Harris Tuesday 17 September 2013 Updated: 17/09 11:09
THE FINDINGS of the comprehensive report into car parking across Bromsgrove district will be put before the council's cabinet in the first week of November.
Coun Mike Webb, the authority's member who is responsible for parking, made the announcement at the overview and scrutiny committee meeting on Monday (September 16).
Speaking at the meeting, Coun Webb said Bromsgrove would be compared to other towns throughout the UK with similar populations and high streets, as well as neighbouring areas.
He said the impact of offering parking reductions would also be looked at, along with the effect future developments would have on parking in Bromsgrove, such as the arrival of Sainsbury's with its 480 parking spaces and walking and cycling route improvements.
Responding to a drop in the number of those using the town's car parks, he pointed out petrol sales had dropped nationwide, that statistics showed ten per cent of motorists were using their cars less and he revealed Bromsgrove District Council officers would be going to Altrincham. That was an area highlighted by the Bromsgrove Older People's Forum (OPF), in a presentation for the overview and scrutiny committee meeting, as one which benefited from introducing lower car parking charges.
According to the figures, the authority there offered its residents Monday to Saturday rates of 10p for one hour, 30p for two and 70p for three.
Figures gleaned by the OPF revealed that contributed to an increase in overall car parking ticket sales in Altrincham - from 11,045 in May 2011 to 35,315 in March 2013. The biggest rise came from those parking for two hours which jumped from 683 to 12,804 in that time period.
When it came to the vote, Coun Rory Shannon urged members to vote for option B, which was to include the topic on the work programme for further investigation at a future date, with that date being in November when the report was completed.
But his proposal was defeated and the majority went with option A. That deemed further information be requested from a relevant source - being the finalised report - before a decision was made on whether further investigation was needed.
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