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Informal Public Consultation on Proposed Traffic Management Measures in Valley Park, Chilworth and part of Chandler's Ford

Since the 2008 Traffic Regulation Order in Valley Park additional issues have been highlighted to both Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) and Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC). In summary, these are related to parking issues around the Schools and overflow parking from the local employment areas. Reports of parking issues have been received from the Police and residents.  Further to this an informal public consultation is being undertaken on proposed traffic management measures.  Two exhibitions are being held and comments are being sought to inform a future statutory consultation later this year.

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Changes to Car Park Charges

Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) Enquiries

Parking Policies

Parking availability and characteristics of the parking environment can strongly influence a driver’s choice of destination. Drivers usually assume that they will be able to park their vehicles within a reasonable distance of their final destination, accepting that in congested areas this will usually involve some time searching for a space.

On-street kerbside parking is usually regarded as the most convenient place to park, especially for disabled people, parents with young children or people carrying heavy loads therefore finding it difficult to walk long distances. Publicly available off-street spaces are often provided by local authorities or private operators, and lastly there are private spaces owned by individuals such as residential garages or private forecourts.

The growth of vehicular traffic, with the problems of noise, pollution, accidents and congestion has led to a significant appraisal of transport policy. It is now accepted we cannot cater for unlimited growth of traffic in many urban areas. Management of parking has therefore become an important means of influencing overall levels of traffic demand, as well as controlling the type of journeys possible. Parking controls are also an important means of reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring the safe passage of emergency vehicles within residential areas.

Under a civil parking regime, such as now exists within the Borough of Eastleigh, the Council undertakes enforcement of parking restrictions. All fines are retained by the Borough Council to finance the enforcement office. Any monies left over from this function must be utilised, in accordance with government legislation, on improving transport within Eastleigh Borough. This can vary from subsidised transport fares to the installation of traffic calming measures.

From 06 April 2015, the law requires that a Penalty Charge Notice must not be issued to a vehicle which has stayed parked in a parking place on a road or in a council car park beyond the permitted parking period for a period of time not exceeding 10 minutes.

For example, if a Pay & Display ticket expires at 10.10am, a Penalty Charge Notice (for an expired ticket) cannot be issued until 10.20am. If an enforcement officer arrives at 10.30am and the expired ticket is still displayed a further 10-minutes grace is not given by the enforcement officer as this would have already applied from 10.10am.

The 'grace period' applies to both on-street and off-street parking places provided under a Traffic Regulation Order. Any Penalty Charge Notice issued before the expiry of the 10-minute 'grace period' would be illegal, unless the vehicle itself is parked unlawfully (for example where the motorist has not paid any required parking fee or displayed a ticket where required).

A 'grace period' is a period of time where a contravention is taking place but the authority chooses not to enforce.

It is important to understand that 'grace periods' only apply to designated parking places where a person is permitted to park. A road with a restriction (eg single yellow line) or prohibition (eg double yellow line) is not a 'designated' parking place either during - or outside of - the period of the restriction of prohibition and as such, no 'grace period' would apply.

Know Your Parking Rights

Non-Residential Parking Standards and Accessibility

Electric Vehicle Parking

The Council has installed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station in its Mitchell Road Multi Storey Car Park. The station is situated on level two, is signed once you enter the car park and provides two reserved spaces for plugged-in electric vehicles.

The charging station provides both a 13amp and 32amp socket the latter providing a faster charge. To use the facility, which is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm 7 days a week, drivers need to contact the Control Room using the intercom on one of the Pay Stations located to the left of the charging station. The same procedure needs to be followed when the driver is ready to leave the car park.

Use of the facility is free, although drivers will still have to pay to park.

Further information can be found at

Parkwise Policy for Schools

 In consultation with parents, pupils and teachers a guide has been produced to encourage parents to Parkwise in the school vicinity. Paper copies of the leaflet are also available on request to distribute within your school, please contact 023 8068 8280.


The council is a member of the Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London (PATROL) Adjudication Joint Committee.   The Joint Committee publishes an Annual Statement of Accounts which is subject to External Audit and the arrangements and timetable for 2009/10 can be found at:

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