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Published : 28/08/2012 00:00

City centre parking under review in Leeds

Senior councillors will be asked next week to give the go ahead for consultation about parking in Leeds city centre.

Leeds City Council will seek views about the findings of a comprehensive review of city centre car parking.  The council wants to hear if people think its approach to car parking is appropriate and sustainable for the future.

The review identifies how many car parking spaces there are currently and how future developments in the city will impact on this.  It also looks at occupancy trends, pricing and income generated by parking charges.

It identifies areas that need further investigation, and the proposals that will come of this work will be the subject of the public consultation.  These will include how charges can be used more creatively to support the city centre’s economy.  An example could be using different charging structures to encourage specific lengths of stay at particular times.

The population of Leeds is forecast to grow significantly over the coming years, which  together with exciting new developments in the city centre will result in more people travelling in and out of there.  Future transport strategy will focus on providing for increased travel to the city centre in more sustainable ways and reducing the impact of more traffic in the city centre.  The council’s car parking policy has a key role to play in this.
 
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for development, said:
“Having the right balance of car parking spaces, complemented by good public transport, is essential to the economy of the city centre.

“We need to make sure that our car parking strategy takes into consideration the exciting new developments such as Leeds Arena and the Trinity and Eastgate schemes that are taking place in Leeds, and the increase in visits to the city centre that these will generate.

“The next step will be to take our proposals out to consultation with residents, commuters, visitors, businesses and local transport operators.  This will help us to shape our future car parking policy.”

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