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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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
Customer Service Centre, Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh
House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN
Telephone : 023 8064 8579
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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