Free car parking permits for town residents to be considered

STAFFORDSHIRE Moorlands District Council is to consider a proposal for free parking permits introduced for residents using its public car parks in three towns.

It would be a scheme similar to that already in place with the authority's alliance partner since 2009, the Buxton-based High Peak Borough Council.

These special parking permits allow each household to park one vehicle free of charge at any council car park 8am-12pm and 3pm-6pm every day, Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays.

One residents' pass is issued to each household with the council tax bills every two years and to any new residents that move to the area in the interim period

Cheadle Independent councillor Gary Bentley said: “I’m pushing for residential car parking. Every house in the High Peak Borough Council area gets a free parking pass.

“It would encourage people to shop local – support their town centres – and the smaller businesses are going to need that support when they are able to open again.

“I’d suggest three independent reviews for Cheadle, Leek and Biddulph.

“It’s all been put on hold because of coronavirus, but it will all be discussed at the review when it happens.”

The neighbouring authorities formed a ‘strategic alliance’ eleven years ago to establish joint working arrangements and create a shared approach to delivering key services.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council confirmed that a review and consultation on car parking in the Moorlands is planned.


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