by Amanda Taylor on 10 February, 2018
Q: What are the costs of residents’ parking in Cambridge?
A: Residents’ parking schemes are self-funding, ie they are costed to pay for themselves. At present, participating in a residents’ parking scheme costs from £1 a week for a 9-5 Monday-Friday scheme (extra for more hours or including a weekend). Costs are going up on 1st April, although there will be a discount for less polluting cars. There is usually a joining fee to cover set-up costs but the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership is currently funding these.
Q: What about visitors?
A: Residents may purchase visitor permits, which allow visitors to park for up to 5 days at a cost of £1.60 a day or part of a day (£2.40 after April). Anyone living in the area of a scheme can apply for visitor permits for their guests. You do not have to have a residents’ parking permit to have a visitors’ permit.
Businesses can apply for permits for up to three vehicles.
Q: What happens if I have carers or medical visitors who need to park?
A: There is a free medical permit scheme for people who need visits from relatives or health professionals. Your doctor will need to assess your infirmity or lack of mobility and provide an estimate of the number and frequency of official visits required. There are dispensations for medical professionals who attend emergencies or who carry special equipment.
Q: How would libraries/ community centres cope if there was a residents’ scheme?
A: It is possible to include short-stay bays for libraries and other community facilities as part of a scheme.
Q: Does a residents’ parking scheme guarantee a space?
A: It does not guarantee a space, but it gives residents a better chance of getting a space.
Q: Do you have to join if there’s a scheme in your street?
A: Only if you want to park in one of the on-street residents’ bays. If you have your own private parking, say on a drive, you need not purchase a residents’ permit.
Q: To whom should I report illegal parking?
A: Ring the County Council’s Civil Enforcement team on 01223 727 900. For dangerous parking, eg obstruction, parking on school zig-zags, or in bus lanes and cycle lanes, contact the police on 101.
Q: I am in a car club. Surely I would not have to pay £50 a year when I only park in the street occasionally?
A: Residents who occasionally use car club vehicles can purchase visitor’s permits, or use the Pay & Display or short-stay bays if they are close enough to be convenient. New schemes may include spaces specifically for car club vehicles.9 Comments