Winchester District car parking strategy

A report to Winchester City Council’s Cabinet tomorrow (11 September) marks the first stage in development of an off-street parking strategy for the Winchester District.

The accompanying discussion paper, if approved, will be used to consult on the findings of detailed car parking occupancy and user surveys. Following this a strategy will be drawn up and brought back to Cabinet for approval in November.

The strategy will need to strike a balance between different objectives including environmental issues such as air quality and carbon emissions, economic factors such as impact on businesses and income, and social factors including how any changes will impact on residents and visitors.

Cllr Jan Warwick, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods & Environment, said:

We have been carrying out surveys and analysis of how our car parks are used to help us to formulate a strategy for off-street car parking across the District. The discussion paper presented to Cabinet is the first stage in that process and sets out the findings of those surveys and analysis and sets out our early thoughts on the possible components of a parking strategy. We will be consulting on these early ideas over the coming months and the input received will help us to draft the strategy itself.

The key challenges for us are how we set about balancing demands and provision in order to achieve a range of objectives including addressing environmental issues, supporting the local economy and meeting the needs of residents. This is not an easy balance to strike and we are therefore keen to hear the views of key stakeholders to help us to determine the best approach.