Release Date: 25 July 2018
A new approach to how Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are approved is now a step closer following the approval of a plan at the Housing, Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Committee yesterday (24 July).
The change will see decisions on whether to implement a CPZ take account of the overall levels of participation in a consultation, rather than focusing on a pass/fail approach requiring a majority of consulted households to support a CPZ introduction.
Additionally, the CPZ consultation period will be reduced from two stages to one, enabling a streamlined process, which should reduce cost and complexity.
Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Cabinet Member for Transport, Street Scene and Air Quality said:
'The previous CPZ policy required that over 50 per cent of all households in an area had to support a CPZ before the council would act.
'The big problem with this approach was that it interpreted non-respondents as being against a CPZ’s introduction and so large numbers of non-responsive residents could deny a CPZ to areas of strong need, simply by failing to engage.
'No longer will the council consider silence as opposition, but neither will it be a signal of consent.
'We continue to aspire to majority support from the residents within a CPZ scheme, but this is no longer a point of ’dogma’ for the Council and we will now be considering the introduction of CPZs based on levels of support from those participating in the consultation.'
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Updated: 31 July 2018