Local businesses work with Council to propose changes to introduction of parking charges
Released on: 06 April 2017
Following a series of constructive meetings between the Leader, Martin Fisher, the Chief Executive, Louise Round, and members of the Oxted Business Improvement District (BID), the following amendments will be proposed to the Community Services Committee’s recommendations regarding the introduction of parking charges in Oxted, when it is discussed at the Full Council meeting on 20 April:
- Free parking on Saturdays.
- Additional parking permits for local businesses.
- That the Oxted BID be responsible for the allocation of all business permits
- The introduction of clearly marked bays for long and short term users in Ellice Road car park to control commuter parking.
- There will be free car parking with no time restriction in the Gresham Road car park (next to the Oxted Health Centre before the barrier) but only for people visiting the Health Centre.
- The Council will work closely with the Oxted BID to regularly review parking arrangements so changes can be made quickly should they be needed.
Whilst the Oxted BID lobbied for 2 hours of free parking, the Council are unable to offer this as it would not generate enough income to fund increased enforcement of parking, increased parking capacity and improvements to the town centre.
The Council believes the fairest approach to funding these improvements is to introduce parking charges. Parking isn’t free at the moment, it costs council tax payers over £100,000 to pay for enforcement, tickets and machines, which means all residents in the district are currently subsidising those who use the car parks.
Later this year proposals will be brought forward to increase the number of spaces at the Ellice Road and Council Offices car parks and these will subject to full consultation with residents and the Oxted BID.
These additional amendments will be considered alongside the recommendation from the Community Service Committee for free parking to be increased from the proposed from 30 minutes to 1 hour. There will be no charges in the evenings, Sundays or bank holidays and there will be free parking for special events run by the Oxted BID. Surrey County Council has confirmed free on-street parking of between 1 and 2 hours will continue in the town centre.
In order to answer the questions which have been raised regarding the introduction of parking charges, the Council has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document which you can view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/carparking. This page will also have details of all the ways in which you can get involved.