Parking strategy must be tailored to the individual locality. There is no one size fits all solution.

A report by The Federation of Small Businesses, FSB Parking Policies For Sustainable Communities, was passed to The Editor yesterday. It is well worth a read.

The key recommendations of the report are:

Local authorities should view parking as an essential service and not as a short term revenue grab

Parking policy should be seen as an integral part of transport strategy with local authorities including it in their Local Transport Plans

Parking policy must be tailored to the individual locality with the necessary balance and adaptability to reflect the needs of the individual locality

Where appropriate alternative parking strategies such as ‘park & ride’ schemes should be considered as well as the innovative use of real time charging structures

Other points in the report include:

The key to a successful parking strategy must be to tailor policy to the individual locality. There is no one size fits all solution.

Not only should parking policy be an integrated part of Local Transport Plans (LTPs) it must be formulated on a bespoke basis.

Parking policies must recognise that each town centre is unique and face differing forms of competition; parking provision must be flexible enough to meet the needs of local car users if the town centre is to remain viable.