Article in today’s GetSurrey: Cranleigh Parking Review To Make Village More User Friendly
Parking in Cranleigh village centre is to be reviewed in the hope of helping local businesses.
The review will be carried out by Surrey County Council in conjunction with the borough and parish councils. Highways officers will look into parking capacity and patterns, and proposals will be made to the Waverley local committee on December 13.
Alan Young, the county councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst, said: “I’ve commissioned a review of parking in Cranleigh because what I’m hoping to see is whether we can increase the amount of on-street parking which would help residents. In times of austerity we have got to pull out all the stops to help the economy.
“The review is under way and county council officers are gathering information on parking spaces and looking at issues of parking that need sorting.
“The overall direction of travel is to try to do whatever is possible to improve the High Street and make it user friendly. It’s all about convenience.
“It was kicked off by me about a month ago and is being done in concert with the parish council. They have been involved and will be asked to contribute.
“It is also with Waverley Borough Council because the county has control of the streets but the borough council has control of the car parks.”
For shoppers with cars, Cranleigh is in competition with larger retail centres like Guildford and Horsham.
Kate Fernandes, president of the Cranleigh Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said parking has a massive impact on retail outlets.
She said: “As in any town centre it is going to be massive. People want to pop into the village and quickly do the shopping or go to the bank or the post office. They don’t want to get involved in paying for parking for half an hour or an hour. We are going to lose business.
“They should be working on having a certain amount of free parking time for those who want to come in quickly.”
Parking in Cranleigh costs 50p an hour and Mrs Fernandes said she would like to see a system where the first hour is free.
Brian Ellis, chairman of the parish council and a borough councillor for Waverley west, confirmed that he would be involved in the review and is hoping to discuss the issues with Surrey highways officers next week.