Councillors push for a wide-ranging review of parking

Parking at Christie Drive, Huntingdon.

Parking at Christie Drive, Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Frustrated town councillors have called for a review of parking in Huntingdon and surrounding residential areas.

Issues concerning parking have repeatedly been raised by councillors at Huntingdon Town Council’s meetings, with fears the situation will worsen if Huntingdonshire District Council choose to put up charges in its car parks.

Following a meeting of the full authority on November 3, members have agreed to set up a working party that will look into the problem – with the end result likely to be a whole-town review.

The review was prompted by concerned district member for Huntingdon East Councillor Mike Shellens, who, along with colleague Councillor Ste Greenall, have started looking at ways to improve parking in the town.

At the meeting Cllr Shellens, who was speaking as a part of the public participation section, said: “Parking is causing great concern and is only ever increasing.

“This is a very difficult subject but we do want to undertake some strategic review for parking around the town.”

Other concerns were raised regarding the cost of parking for employees of businesses who work in the town centre.

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Councillor Anne Blackwell said: “I think we need to ensure that employees in the town will have long-term parking available. There is sufficient long for the people that want to drive into work.”

This prompted a suggestion to talk to employers and the district council about cheaper parking for those employees.

As a part of the review, councillors will also consider paying for double yellow lines near the junctions of American Lane, Priory Lane and Priory Road to avoid incidents of drivers not being able to see to pull out.

“It seems to me that the answer will be to go for some sort of restraint on parking for all of the area – including Priory Road and Primose so we have a large bulk of road were members of the public who into town and shop would not be able to park,” added Cllr Shellens.

Councillor Alan Mackender-Lawrence encouraged members to show stronger representation with the district council and Cambridgeshire County Council about the matter.

He said: “What we have to look at is what we are going to do going forward. If we are doing something then we need to have strong representation to district and county.”

Late last month district council cabinet members agreed to go ahead with a public consultation on proposals which could see the cost of parking rise by more than 30 per cent in places.