On-street parking controls under review

Winchester City Council has been notified of proposals by Hampshire County Council to introduce a consistent countywide approach to managing on-street parking controls with effect from April 2020. 

The proposals include a countywide approach to permit charges, extending on street parking controls to market towns and the introduction of on-street electric charging points.

Winchester City Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to introduce on-street parking controls.  It issues permits to over 4,500 households annually and is in the process of extending the service to another 1,900 properties in the city. It manages the service on behalf of the county council and is keen to retain local control of decisions about how on-street parking services are managed and extended in the future.

Cllr Jan Warwick, The Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said:

“We are in discussion with county officials over how this could work for the benefit of residents across Winchester district.   Winchester City Council has always sought to deliver effective parking controls and to recover its operating costs through permit charges. 

“As we already have a team managing car parks, we are well placed to continue to manage on-street parking as well.  However, I accept on-street parking controls remain a county council responsibility as the highways authority.  If it wishes to adopt a countywide approach, the city council will need to carefully consider whether it will continue with the current arrangement.”