A consultation on changes to on-street parking in Northampton town centre has been extended until Friday, 27 September.
The Northamptonshire County Council proposals aim to better manage the high demand for parking spaces in the most popular town centre parking locations and encourage the use of parking bays which are currently underused.
The proposal is to introduce a higher rate tariff for parking at the busiest and most popular locations, while allowing motorists to park for longer in underutilised bays.
Of the total amount of pay and display bays in Northampton town centre, 94 spaces out of 378 (25%) are being proposed with a higher rate charge.
The County Council is also proposing that the duration that visitors can park increases from two hours to four hours in 79 out of the 378 pay and display bays (21%).
All other pay and display bays would see no change.
The consultation started on Thursday, 15 August and was due to finish on Thursday, 5 September.
However – following feedback during the consultation process – it has become evident that more time was needed to cater for people who may have been on summer holidays during the engagement process.
Cllr Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for highways and place said:
“It’s really important that the consultation is as thorough as possible to make sure we gather as much information as we can so that an informed decision can be made.
“We’ve received lots of feedback so far but obviously many people may have been on holiday at the end of August so it’s only right we extend the consultation period.”
The proposed change from a standard rate, £1.20, to the higher rate tariff of £2 in all pay and display bays in:
- Abington Street
- George Row
- Mercers Row
- St Giles’ Street
A proposed change from two hours maximum stay to a four hour maximum stay:
- Albion Place – all bays
- Bridge Street – all bays south of Angel Street
- Fetter Street – all bays
- Guildhall Road – all bays south of Angel Street
- Spencer Parade – all bays
The proposals also aim to reduce congestion and incidents of obstruction from motorists looking for spaces or waiting in the road for spaces to become available.
More information will be available on the council’s website: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/ntcpp