On street parking charge option for Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: On street parking charge option for Hereford On street parking charge option for Hereford

HEREFORD faces charging for on-street parking as Herefordshire Council moves to manage traffic flow through the city centre.

The charging option will go out to shoppers and traders as a consultation exercise next month, with findings put to the council's review of on-street parking in the city.

That review is examining a range of options with detailed proposals due in the summer.

Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said the review would look at the number of street parking spaces and where they are, how current restrictions control parking and whether they are appropriate.

"We need to understand how and what changes might better control traffic flow into and around the city centre to reduce congestion whilst supporting businesses and residents," he said.

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3:46pm Tue 21 Jan 14

silentbull2 says...

Knew it was coming
One day soon Hereford will look like greater London with theses ugly metal things scattered all around the city

Money comes first though eh
Knew it was coming One day soon Hereford will look like greater London with theses ugly metal things scattered all around the city Money comes first though eh silentbull2

4:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

Good Lord! If only they'd stop and leave us be.
Good Lord! If only they'd stop and leave us be. bobby47

5:01pm Tue 21 Jan 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

"Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said the review would look at the number of street parking spaces and where they are, how current restrictions control parking and whether they are appropriate."

Do they not know this already? of course they do. It's a smoke screen, wordy waffle to try and detract from the fact that they have no ideas other than tax, tax and then tax some more the motorist coming into town to do business or to shop. This will be the final nail in the coffin for the small independents.

Do as bobby47 says - stop, leave us be, we're done with your endless job creation and politicking. It's madness.
"Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure said the review would look at the number of street parking spaces and where they are, how current restrictions control parking and whether they are appropriate." Do they not know this already? of course they do. It's a smoke screen, wordy waffle to try and detract from the fact that they have no ideas other than tax, tax and then tax some more the motorist coming into town to do business or to shop. This will be the final nail in the coffin for the small independents. Do as bobby47 says - stop, leave us be, we're done with your endless job creation and politicking. It's madness. TwoWheelsGood

5:06pm Tue 21 Jan 14

B the B says...

Consult all you want, it will happen whatever the people say.
Do you want to pay to park in broad street? "Oh yes please" not
Consult all you want, it will happen whatever the people say. Do you want to pay to park in broad street? "Oh yes please" not B the B

5:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

The Russian 1 says...

This has nothing to do with traffic flow, it's just another council fund raising scheme, not only to charge for parking, but another excuse to raise fines off people for staying in the city for more than two hours.
This has nothing to do with traffic flow, it's just another council fund raising scheme, not only to charge for parking, but another excuse to raise fines off people for staying in the city for more than two hours. The Russian 1

8:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ed dunin says...

The owner of Hat Trick writes a letter suggesting extending the time for parking on St Owens Street to help footfall in town and bring in trade for the independant traders and the Council think" What a good idea... and we'll charge them for it!!!" They seem to be doing their best to turn Hereford into a ghost town.
The owner of Hat Trick writes a letter suggesting extending the time for parking on St Owens Street to help footfall in town and bring in trade for the independant traders and the Council think" What a good idea... and we'll charge them for it!!!" They seem to be doing their best to turn Hereford into a ghost town. ed dunin

11:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

RogerLFC says...

ed dunin wrote:
The owner of Hat Trick writes a letter suggesting extending the time for parking on St Owens Street to help footfall in town and bring in trade for the independant traders and the Council think" What a good idea... and we'll charge them for it!!!" They seem to be doing their best to turn Hereford into a ghost town.
This is being dressed up as 'traffic management' to benefit the Community ... Obviously nothing to do with exploring more avenues to attract cash through the parking!
[quote][p][bold]ed dunin[/bold] wrote: The owner of Hat Trick writes a letter suggesting extending the time for parking on St Owens Street to help footfall in town and bring in trade for the independant traders and the Council think" What a good idea... and we'll charge them for it!!!" They seem to be doing their best to turn Hereford into a ghost town.[/p][/quote]This is being dressed up as 'traffic management' to benefit the Community ... Obviously nothing to do with exploring more avenues to attract cash through the parking! RogerLFC

11:45pm Tue 21 Jan 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Perhaps they could consider reversing the traffic flow? That went well the last time - if I recall it cost us something like £250k to do but oddly only £60k to undo it all!
Perhaps they could consider reversing the traffic flow? That went well the last time - if I recall it cost us something like £250k to do but oddly only £60k to undo it all! TwoWheelsGood

8:27am Wed 22 Jan 14

WYSIATI says...

What we need is a really clear analysis of exactly what would be raised - I fear that the costs of putting in meters, paying private sector companies to go around, manage these, issue tickets and the rest soaks up most of any charges that are made.

If there's no money actually raised then it's a scandal that benefits only the companies that get any contracts.

Let's have the figures, and then we can put that against what people want and what impacts are on business.
What we need is a really clear analysis of exactly what would be raised - I fear that the costs of putting in meters, paying private sector companies to go around, manage these, issue tickets and the rest soaks up most of any charges that are made. If there's no money actually raised then it's a scandal that benefits only the companies that get any contracts. Let's have the figures, and then we can put that against what people want and what impacts are on business. WYSIATI

10:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Well the ruling group on the council need this money to pay £500 a day for a position in care that has been advertised, but then Philip has his free parking badge for all car parks in the county.
Well the ruling group on the council need this money to pay £500 a day for a position in care that has been advertised, but then Philip has his free parking badge for all car parks in the county. Mr.Herefordian

11:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

Major disaster says...

Traffic flow will no change. Only a fraction of traffic using the city roads actually park in the city, they are all driving through on the 'by pass' that runs through the centre of the city it is supposed to bypasss. Let go back to the old ways an have toll gates so entering the city us expensive. I suggest they build them at the starting gate, whitecross, Belmont and aylestone roundabouts push all the traffic onto Ledbury road so they can say its sucessful and any fool who uses the toll roads can be charged two groats for the pleasure of driving a traffic free route, apart from the horse and carts and occasional horse drawn carriage.
Traffic flow will no change. Only a fraction of traffic using the city roads actually park in the city, they are all driving through on the 'by pass' that runs through the centre of the city it is supposed to bypasss. Let go back to the old ways an have toll gates so entering the city us expensive. I suggest they build them at the starting gate, whitecross, Belmont and aylestone roundabouts push all the traffic onto Ledbury road so they can say its sucessful and any fool who uses the toll roads can be charged two groats for the pleasure of driving a traffic free route, apart from the horse and carts and occasional horse drawn carriage. Major disaster

7:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

DaveGlo says...

If the council managed their budget better then they would not need to charge for on street parking.If they had not ploughed all the cash into the Old Market scheme in paying extra money to Stanhope then they would have money in the coffers.I agree with Major disaster that they will eventually get some consultant,costing millions ,to assess the viability of toll booths on all major roads into Hereford.
If the council managed their budget better then they would not need to charge for on street parking.If they had not ploughed all the cash into the Old Market scheme in paying extra money to Stanhope then they would have money in the coffers.I agree with Major disaster that they will eventually get some consultant,costing millions ,to assess the viability of toll booths on all major roads into Hereford. DaveGlo

1:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

OrchardSnuffler says...

well done everybody - the final nail in the coffin of all those who can still just about afford to pay their rates - I stopped going into town ages ago because of the dreadful parking charges, now this will confirm that we are really not welcome any more - I'll just shop online like everyone else, and the city will eventually become a ghost town...
Tumbleweed Hereford, killed by its own greedy councillors...

Oh no, I forgot, it will thrive across the way at the new Temple of Mammon shopping centre, where I expect there'll be more parking charges to keep people away, and fascinating shops which can only be found, er, in every other town in Britain (sigh!)
well done everybody - the final nail in the coffin of all those who can still just about afford to pay their rates - I stopped going into town ages ago because of the dreadful parking charges, now this will confirm that we are really not welcome any more - I'll just shop online like everyone else, and the city will eventually become a ghost town... Tumbleweed Hereford, killed by its own greedy councillors... Oh no, I forgot, it will thrive across the way at the new Temple of Mammon shopping centre, where I expect there'll be more parking charges to keep people away, and fascinating shops which can only be found, er, in every other town in Britain (sigh!) OrchardSnuffler

5:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

jarvis 2 says...

Well for once i think everyone is right so wait for it the meters will be in by spring
Well for once i think everyone is right so wait for it the meters will be in by spring jarvis 2

5:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

The Russian 1 says...

If the council is worried about traffic flow, why not give us a decent park and ride service that covers the city shops and schools from the main routes in on the edge of the city.
If the council is worried about traffic flow, why not give us a decent park and ride service that covers the city shops and schools from the main routes in on the edge of the city. The Russian 1

7:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

littlewhitebull says...

The council embarks on another 'consultation' exercise with the shoppers and businesses. On the basis that the council appears not to listen, we can expect them to find that the majority of shoppers and shop owners will heartily approve of very high parking charges.
£500 a day to employ a person to oversee vast cuts to the council's budget means that car parking charges must increase to pay for this new job.
So when we were told that high salaries must be paid to attract the right people to Herefordshire - the council got it wrong? If the present staff are so good, why the need to employ someone at £500 a day? A great many people in this county don't earn that a week!
The council embarks on another 'consultation' exercise with the shoppers and businesses. On the basis that the council appears not to listen, we can expect them to find that the majority of shoppers and shop owners will heartily approve of very high parking charges. £500 a day to employ a person to oversee vast cuts to the council's budget means that car parking charges must increase to pay for this new job. So when we were told that high salaries must be paid to attract the right people to Herefordshire - the council got it wrong? If the present staff are so good, why the need to employ someone at £500 a day? A great many people in this county don't earn that a week! littlewhitebull

8:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

silashayes says...

Because the majority of these high earners work from home. They aren't actually in the office! I have been trying to get hold of a planning officer for three weeks! Each time I call he's out left messages on his answer phone but he's never got back to me! I would call it a joke but it's actually a crime!
Because the majority of these high earners work from home. They aren't actually in the office! I have been trying to get hold of a planning officer for three weeks! Each time I call he's out left messages on his answer phone but he's never got back to me! I would call it a joke but it's actually a crime! silashayes

11:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

RogerLFC says...

WYSIATI wrote:
What we need is a really clear analysis of exactly what would be raised - I fear that the costs of putting in meters, paying private sector companies to go around, manage these, issue tickets and the rest soaks up most of any charges that are made.

If there's no money actually raised then it's a scandal that benefits only the companies that get any contracts.

Let's have the figures, and then we can put that against what people want and what impacts are on business.
Any on street parking charges would surely be enforced by the existing Council Traffic Attendants. They have to walk along those streets anyway. The poll on the HT website is currently showing 83% against charges so that seems a pretty clear message to the Council. I have a feeling that charges will come in tho. Like on my street up Aylestone. I have not seen one single student or commuter park on it in 20 years but that didn't stop the Council making it 'resident only' so they can sell permits that raise cash for them but actually solves a problem that doesn't exist!
[quote][p][bold]WYSIATI[/bold] wrote: What we need is a really clear analysis of exactly what would be raised - I fear that the costs of putting in meters, paying private sector companies to go around, manage these, issue tickets and the rest soaks up most of any charges that are made. If there's no money actually raised then it's a scandal that benefits only the companies that get any contracts. Let's have the figures, and then we can put that against what people want and what impacts are on business.[/p][/quote]Any on street parking charges would surely be enforced by the existing Council Traffic Attendants. They have to walk along those streets anyway. The poll on the HT website is currently showing 83% against charges so that seems a pretty clear message to the Council. I have a feeling that charges will come in tho. Like on my street up Aylestone. I have not seen one single student or commuter park on it in 20 years but that didn't stop the Council making it 'resident only' so they can sell permits that raise cash for them but actually solves a problem that doesn't exist! RogerLFC

11:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

Fran says...

It is illegal for Councils to seek to use income from on street parking to cross subsidise any other Council service, it must NOT make a profit. Income from Car Parks CAN make a profit!
It is illegal for Councils to seek to use income from on street parking to cross subsidise any other Council service, it must NOT make a profit. Income from Car Parks CAN make a profit! Fran

12:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

saidflo says...

Unbelievable!!
Cash strapped council decides to spend (waste) loads of money (again) on car parking charges Consultation.
Please someone, organise a training session for this council cabinet on budget management and creative thinking!! That will be money well spent.
Unbelievable!! Cash strapped council decides to spend (waste) loads of money (again) on car parking charges Consultation. Please someone, organise a training session for this council cabinet on budget management and creative thinking!! That will be money well spent. saidflo

12:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

saidflo says...

Unbelievable!!
Cash strapped council decides to spend (waste) loads of money (again) on car parking charges Consultation.
Please someone, organise a training session for this council cabinet on budget management and creative thinking!! That will be money well spent.
Unbelievable!! Cash strapped council decides to spend (waste) loads of money (again) on car parking charges Consultation. Please someone, organise a training session for this council cabinet on budget management and creative thinking!! That will be money well spent. saidflo

1:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

denon says...

Gosh on street parking meters...... Hereford emulates ludlow....will go down hill just like ludlow....Im being sarcastic ...You Herefordians who write on here are a winging nasty lot ....Thank goodness the great majority are tolerant thoroughly nice people.
Gosh on street parking meters...... Hereford emulates ludlow....will go down hill just like ludlow....Im being sarcastic ...You Herefordians who write on here are a winging nasty lot ....Thank goodness the great majority are tolerant thoroughly nice people. denon

7:40pm Sat 25 Jan 14

RogerLFC says...

denon wrote:
Gosh on street parking meters...... Hereford emulates ludlow....will go down hill just like ludlow....Im being sarcastic ...You Herefordians who write on here are a winging nasty lot ....Thank goodness the great majority are tolerant thoroughly nice people.
I lived in Ludlow for 12 years & I remember the times before those horrendous meters arrived ... it was a lot better. I like Ludlow a lot but if I go now it's on the train. If anyone wants to go by car I'd advise parking on Livesey Road. A short walk into town but less than 10 minutes ...
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Gosh on street parking meters...... Hereford emulates ludlow....will go down hill just like ludlow....Im being sarcastic ...You Herefordians who write on here are a winging nasty lot ....Thank goodness the great majority are tolerant thoroughly nice people.[/p][/quote]I lived in Ludlow for 12 years & I remember the times before those horrendous meters arrived ... it was a lot better. I like Ludlow a lot but if I go now it's on the train. If anyone wants to go by car I'd advise parking on Livesey Road. A short walk into town but less than 10 minutes ... RogerLFC

2:25pm Sun 26 Jan 14

megilleland says...

Go to Hereford Voice for some aerials of Hereford City centre I coloured in to show how much empty and underused space there is in the city. Most of it is flat car parking and is being under used. A lot of it could be reduced by going up one floor and the space saved coud be turned into green pockets to make it more interesting to walk through for shoppers and tourists.

A standard 100 bay TopDeck car park can be erected in under five days on top of existing ground floor car parks. And while some of the car parks are installed on a temporary basis, most are purchased as permanent solutions. TopDeck car parks are designed for fast installation - and removal

It would be a good idea to use modular construction as no foundations are required and if you could put the solar roofing on top of a second floor this would be a constructive and imaginative use of space.

http://www.herefordv
oice.co.uk/topic/760
-a-meeting-of-archit
ectural-minds/?hl=mo
dular#entry4604
Go to Hereford Voice for some aerials of Hereford City centre I coloured in to show how much empty and underused space there is in the city. Most of it is flat car parking and is being under used. A lot of it could be reduced by going up one floor and the space saved coud be turned into green pockets to make it more interesting to walk through for shoppers and tourists. A standard 100 bay TopDeck car park can be erected in under five days on top of existing ground floor car parks. And while some of the car parks are installed on a temporary basis, most are purchased as permanent solutions. TopDeck car parks are designed for fast installation - and removal It would be a good idea to use modular construction as no foundations are required and if you could put the solar roofing on top of a second floor this would be a constructive and imaginative use of space. http://www.herefordv oice.co.uk/topic/760 -a-meeting-of-archit ectural-minds/?hl=mo dular#entry4604 megilleland

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