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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.

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 www.chargemasterplc.com

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.

PATROL

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:

 http://www.patrol-uk.info/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=35

Contact Us

Customer Service Centre, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN
Telephone : 023 8064 8579
Email : customer.services@eastleigh.gov.uk

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