An Off-Street Car Parking Strategy was endorsed by Huntingdonshire District Council at its cabinet meeting on 18 October 2018.

The cabinet’s endorsement of the Off-Street Parking Strategy 2018-2023 followed the development of the Strategy by members of the Strategic Review of Parking Task and Finish Group, where data was collected and considered for current and future use. Both town and parish councils were consulted on customer priorities, using the results from the district council’s online Parking User Survey, carried out in July and August 2017.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Regulation, Marge Beuttell said: “This Strategy covers the operation of off-street car parking, which the district council has responsibility for. Although members of the Parking Task and Finish Group agreed with the principle that car park users should ’pay for what they use’, fees and charges were not reviewed in the strategy document. However, it should be noted that the principles included within this Strategy will be referred to in the future, should fees and charges be considered.

The Off-Street Car Parking Strategy was aligned with the District Council’s Delivering Sustainable Growth principles contained in its Corporate Plan - to deliver a car parking strategy that is sustainable and supportive of residents, visitors and local businesses. The Task and Finish Group observed that failure to endorse the evidence-based Parking Strategy presented will impact the future direction and development of the parking service in its support of economic growth and development of towns within Huntingdonshire.