Public opinion sought for parking charges review

PARKING PROBLEM?: Mr Crookall's constituency of Peel is among those suffering from problems with parking

PARKING PROBLEM?: Mr Crookall's constituency of Peel is among those suffering from problems with parking

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A REVIEW has been launched into parking provision – and whether charges should be introduced in some areas.

Department of Infrastructure political member Tim Crookall MHK is to lead a working group to look at various parking issues around the island.

The working group will aim to identify a strategy for the most cost-effective way of improving parking provision in problem areas.

And members of the public are being asked to give their views on a range of proposals, including the possible introduction of parking charges in some areas.

Mr Crookall, who is Peel MHK, said: ‘This is an important issue which impacts on anyone who owns or uses a vehicle and, for the working group to be able to produce a concise and far-reaching report, it is important to listen to the views of the public and businesses.

‘I am inviting comments from the public and businesses on all of the aspects of issues associated with both on and off-street parking.

‘This is an opportunity to help formulate a long-term strategy that is cost-effective for the island and meets the needs of as many people as possible.’

He added: ‘I am aware of the burden that parking charges place on the motorist and, while these have to be of a level to reflect the capital and revenue costs of providing off-street parking, they should only be proportionate to the costs involved in providing an improved facility for the motorist.’

The working group is inviting feedback. Questions have been placed on the department’s consultation website to gather views regarding parking issues.

Go to gov.im/transport/Consulta tionDetail.gov?id=214

Written responses should be sent to the Properties Division, Department of Infrastructure, Sea Terminal, Douglas IM1 2RF. Views need to be submitted by 5pm on April 8 this year to be counted in the review.

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