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Question 8 - we asked:

Residential streets used by commuters to park all day for free increases traffic on already congested roads. This has an impact on cycle safety. It also means that residents of those streets may not be able to park cars outside or even near their own homes during the daytime. How would you solve this problem?

We asked this question in all 14 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

39 of the 62 candidates (63%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

1. City wide residential parking scheme. 2. Companies and organisations should charge for parking where appropriate. 3. Improving the Cambridge cycling experience will encourage commuters on to bikes - many are getting bikes out of their parked cars ! We need to be braver with our cycling strategy like London where "The number of cyclist will outnumber car drivers at rush hour in the next few years" - TfL

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
(Green Party)

Residents should always have priority over parking outside their homes.The current approaches to parking restrictions in Cambridge are inconsistent, and simply push commuter parking further out of the city into suburbs. The current restrictions should be extended to cover the whole city - with differences in the exact restrictions as necessary in different areas. Park & Ride and Park & Cycle facilities should be provided outside the city, with high-quality routes leading to the city centre. Once these facilities are established, a congestion charge would help to deter commuters from driving into the city to park.

(Green Party)

As mentioned above, car parking in residential streets is one of the biggest hazards I face as a cyclist especially on the school run. Regulated resident parking needs to be introduced; Park & Ride and Park & Cycle facilities should be provided outside the city, with high-quality routes leading to the city centre. Once these facilities are established, a congestion charge would help to deter commuters from driving into the city to park. In Queen Edith's it is students for the Hills Road Sixth Form College who particularly add to the levels of parking in side streets - though they may not be the only ones to do so. For them, greater incentives to use public transport/cycling is critical.

(Green Party)

Parking along cycle paths makes no sense as it blocks the pathway and where this takes place should be clearly sign posted as unacceptable even for delivery. The Coffee shop on Hills Road parked its van next to the crossing and on cycle path until pointed out to the manager now found better place in side road. Thoughtful planning of delivery arrangements needed when new shop built by planners, letting agents and companies before letting and enshrined in letting agreements.

Parking is quite Roads by none residents causes problems for residents and tradespeople and increase hazards for cyclists due to increase in poor parking and car door opening in an area where resident parking could be more stable. Resident parking permits and more robust charging for misuse of parking space would benefit residents. Along with increased ease in use of public transport for those getting to commuters and locals getting to work. Meaning those who need to drive in these areas due to disability, trades or complex family arrangements and carer would be able to use their cars more easily.

Special permits for trade’s people needing to park for employment such as plumbers and heating engineers etc. that are only for use with a work vehicle during work time.
All this would be resolutions i would promote.

Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

I'd like to see the number of free parking greatly reduced, with more permit parking being issued for residents. We would want the availability of Park and Ride buses to increase through lower and hopefully free fares. Residential streets are hardly convenient places to get to work by foot and there is no reason why free parking in these should be, in any way, encouraged. Not only do they narrow down roads for other motorists and cyclists alike, they would also contribute to the pollution within Cambridge.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

Residents can be consulted on the introduction of restricted parking, and this normally incurs a fee. If the majority of residents would like this in their Street, then it should be provided.

(Green Party)

This is a wider problem where we need to reduce traffic in general, control traffic into the city, incentivise alternatives, and so on, so that we don't have such an overflow of parking. Park and ride is an excellent solution for commuters that would reduce cars in the city. Finally, with local resident support, restricted parking areas for residents can be introduced.

Sharon KAUR
(Green Party)

First, I would like to make Park and Rides free again. Then I think the Congestion Charge should be brought into place. There should be no free parking allowed in Cambridge apart from Residential parking simply because it impacts the safety of cyclists and increases pollution. On a more bigger scale, with congestion charges, people may be deterred from driving their cars into the city, which will free up the roads a little more and make buses more reliable. But also as with all things, many people from outside of the city drive into Cambridge due to it being a the cheaper option. We need to ensure that it's actually more expensive. I would suggest employers paying for their employers parking in nearby car parks but this could lead to employees having to pay for parking out of their own pockets.

(Green Party)

Charging for car-parking is a pretty cheap of charging commuters. Therefore exsting free parking in residential areas should become charged, but this would mean setting up a residents-parking scheme for all areas.

(Green Party)

This is an issue all across the city and links in with the problem of traffic and expensive / inefficient public transport. There is no quick and easy solution; applying for residential parking is a temporary solution which just shifts the problem elsewhere.

However, we have a huge opportunity at the moment with the money coming in from the City Deal. We should use this money to completely change the transport system in the city; make it modern, sustainable and green. Any strategy should be dual-pronged; firstly creating a disincentive for people to drive into the city and secondly, providing a cheap and efficient alternative form of transport.

The Cambridge Green Party has developed such a strategy – which can be found here https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/policies – and I will work hard to get this holistic plan implemented because all it requires is political will to become a reality.

(Green Party)

Our 2016 manifesto for Cambridge includes a specific commitment to work towards ending free non-resident parking in the city.

We need urgently to reduce congestion and air pollution in Cambridge by creating disincentives to drive into the city while at the same time making it easier and cheaper for people to use public transport, cycle or walk.

We would also phase in a fair congestion charge (not for cyclists as one idea recently suggested!), with exemptions for those who cannot use any other means of travel and any others necessary. This would reduce the volume of traffic coming into the city, making it safer and more pleasant for cyclists, and would give us the funds to make other forms of transport easier and cheaper.

In particular, raising the funds to remove the parking charges at the park and ride sites around the city is necessary to make this a good option for people commuting.


City-wide residents' parking scheme

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

This is an issue that many residents in East Chesterton are concerned will arise when the new station opens. There are various options such as yellow lines, residents parking schemes or time restrictions, but residents would need to be consulted about any potential schemes.

(Labour Party)

As mentioned above, commuter parking is a problem in some parts of Romsey because of proximity to the train station. There are a number of potential solutions such as residents parking zones or the painting of single/double yellow lines or a combination of both. I don’t think it’s possible to take a ‘one size fits all’ approach and therefore it’s important to consider each road individually and most importantly to consult residents on what they think might be the best solution for their road.

In conjunction with on-street parking measures, it’s important to consider why commuters are parking in the city centre in the first place and to encourage alternative means of transport. I would lobby the County Council for the removal of Park and Ride charges and support improved cycling provision to provide attractive and accessible alternatives to driving, which would reduce demand for commuter parking.

(Labour Party)

Resident parking in streets where houses have no drives.s

(Labour Party)

I think in these areas the residents must take the lead and the council must work with them to help and solve the problems.

(Labour Party)

In Kings Hedges there are localised problems: 1.student parking for CRC since the college brought in a charge for parking on site and 2. the development of Cambridge North railway station, which will may well cause future commuter parking in roads close by (for Kings Hedges ward this might mean Lovell Road,Kings Hedges Road, Ramsden Square and possibly even into Woodhead Drive).
Otherwise the main parking problems for residents in Kings Hedges arise from inconsiderate parking and congestion around schools at drop off and pick up time, or parking/driving on grass verges/green spaces and sometimes on pavements and not for commuter parking. Labour ward councillors are tackling grass verge parking through TRO's on Campkin Road, Kings Hedges Road and Ramsden Square. Overall I would only support the introduction of new resident parking schemes where residents request them to address a specific issue.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Residents parking schemes or single yellow lines with one hour prohibited parking in the middle of the day are ways to solve the problem. But of course, residents need to be consulted on the measures that can be implemented in their areas.

Danielle GREENE
(Labour Party)

Cambridge has a lot of commuters, and there must be a balance between making the city accessible and the needs of the residents. Park and Ride schemes must be encouraged to keep traffic out of the city and other means of entering, such as cycling. Another potential solution is Residents parking schemes or single yellow lines with one hour prohibited parking in the middle of the day. But of course, residents need to be consulted on the measures that can be implemented in their areas.

(Labour Party)

I agree that this is becoming more problematic in Cambridge. I am aware of the increased parking on residential roads by non-residents. The solution is several fold, I think. Aside from obviously continuing to press for improved cycling infrastructure to get people out of their cars, we need to incentivise public transport. Getting rid of the parking charge at the Park and Ride sites would be a start. (As an aside I am trying to push the County Council, Stagecoach and Cambridge United FC to do more to encourage fans attending home matches to use public transport/cycle to the Abbey Stadium, such is the congestion around the streets on matchdays.)

More residential parking schemes could assist with this issue: for example Silverwood Close in Abbey had a huge problem with outsiders parking in residential spaces, and we were successful in putting in place a parking scheme there. However, residents should always be consulted first on any measures that can realistically be implemented.

(Labour Party)

The best option seems to delegate decision-making to local community groups, to ensure that collective action will be taken. Labour is committed to the solutions that work best for community groups, and so am I. We're not going to continue with a do-nothing approach to parking: we're going to have movement to get Cambridge moving!

(Labour Party)

This is quite a complicated issue and either needs a city-wide scheme such as a low-cost residents parking or it needs a street by street solution, combining residents parking, parking for restricted hours and yellow lines.
We also need to improve and reduce the cost of public transport so that we reduce the number of cars being driven and parked in the city

(Labour Party)

Better bus services need to be provided (and will run better if there is less traffic on the streets) reaching out to far more villages and later into every evening. They should also provide services around the city and serve far more places of employment rather than assuming workers are city centre based. Park and Ride services should be free to park and be located in villages as well as just outside the city. Research into more wide spread parking restrictions is currently being undertaken to see if commuters can be kept from parking in residential areas in ways acceptable to local residents. Improved facilities for cycling into the city from the villages also needs much more work.

(Labour Party)

Residents parking schemes or single yellow lines with one hour prohibited parking in the middle of the day are ways to solve the problem. But of course, residents need to be consulted on the measures that can be implemented in their areas.
The best approach is to provide improved public transport and cycling to give commuters attractive alternatives. This should be combined with measures at the city boundaries to control and deter cars usually with Park and Ride as an alternative.

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

If new regulations are to be introduced, there should also be parking permits for businesses and trades people. There should be extra visitor permits for people who require visits from carers. We should regularly review the parking service, using the latest information. Elected members and officers alike should work for better communication allowing all road users to understand parking controls and their value.

However, in order to remain supportive of those who work in Cambridge but who live elsewhere - perhaps because they cannot afford to live here - and who cannot rely on public transport, we must have more Park & Rides, expecially in the North of the City.

But whatever measures are being contemplated, residents must be consulted.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

More cycle parking stands as put into Thoday St in Romsey last year.. Thanks to the then Lib Dem County Cllr.

(Liberal Democrat)

You are running lots of things together here:

Does commuter parking increase traffic? There are already parking restrictions / meters in the city centre, so commuter parking is tending to cause cars to park away from the city centre, which eases traffic into the most congested areas.

How far does the parking of cars on streets affect cycle safety? Even in Romsey, where narrow streets and parking makes it hard for cars to overtake cyclists the situation needs good will between road users (which is there) rather than being a problem.

There is indeed a problem for residents of these streets when commuter car parking affects them. I heard this recently while canvassing in Conduit Head Rd, with stories of commuters obstructing people's drives. In this particular instance the judicious use of parking restrictions may make sense.

This is not really a cycling problem. It is about encouraging the use of park and ride (which means scrapping charges for it) and enabling "park and cycle". It is about using subsidy to trigger improvements in bus services -- we want to explore workplace parking levys and peak-time congestion charging to both to discourage people from driving and to generate the revenue to use for subsidies to encourage people into buses.

(Liberal Democrat)

I would take two strategic steps to reduce demand for this kind of parking: firstly scrap the Park and Ride Parking charge and attempt to relaunch the purpose and advantage of using it. Secondly introduce a demand management regime for peak time car use in the city, which I am frustrated and disappointed has been slow to come because of weakness and prevarication of those who should be leading. For particularly affected neighbourhoods, I think residents' should be agree new residents' parking schemes and if my ward wasn't 100% residents parking already, I would want to facilitate that process.

(Liberal Democrat)

Parking restrictions are the most obvious choice and should be considered when the local community requests them. However, this will often just move the problem and not address the underlying cause.

I think it is key to work with local employers to address the root cause of the issue by getting more people to use other forms of transport. The ARM bus from the Cambridge station is a good example of a local company helping to reduce congestion; I believe the City Council should encourage and support companies in doing this.

A key improvement for Cherry Hinton could come through the proposed train station at Addenbrookes. We must work with the local residents and employers to ensure that we can maximise the impact by providing easy, cheap routes from the station to the rest of South Cambridge. This obviously would include improvements to the surrounding cycling network.

(Liberal Democrat)

I support a range of interventions: (a) The £1 parking charge at Park&Ride sites should be abolished. It has induced many commuters to drive into the city and park for free, causing a great deal of difficulty in some city communities. Let's get rid of it. (b) The Lib Dem manifesto proposes 'demand management' measures to reduce commuter traffic and the problem of commuter parking in the city. (c) Some city neighbourhoods which suffer intense parking problems may decide they want residents' parking schemes and if elected I am ready to help those communities get what they want.

Daniel LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

Encouraging the use of public transport through things such as scrapping the parking fee on Park and Ride and consulting on things such as peak hour Congestion Charging that would discourage people from bringing cars into Cambridge in the first place. Both of these policies can be found in the Liberal Democrat manifesto. If there was a demand for something like a residents parking zone, these could be used to try and address this issue. There is also an opportunity in the current parking review to work with residents to produce a resident parking scheme that fits with both local needs and strategic priorities.

(Liberal Democrat)

I have been working with other councillors to try and get more residents parking, and reduce free parking across the city. I will continue to work on this issue.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

This is a huge concern and problem for residents. Controlled parking may help to reduce the number of cars being parked in the area. We carried out surveys and spoke to residents in St Andrew's Road about parking restrictions. Many cannot park outside their homes during the day.
It is important to reduce traffic congestion in the city by improving cycle routes and by improving bus services.

(Liberal Democrat)

This is a subject that needs to be looked at as a whole, as well as on a local level, with the local residents fully consulted. A blanket solution across the city may not work as there are very diverse needs in each area, however it is important that any solutions do not just move problems around the city. Car parking for commuters and other city users needs to be looked at as part of the wider city planning, in order to ensure the needs of all road users are met and that there are viable solutions for people who need to use their cars and who need to travel in to access the city. The costs both to the city and to vulnerable residents need to be weighed up as part of the consultation and planning.

Catherine SMART
(Liberal Democrat)

If commuter parking is the problem, residents' parking schemes can usually help. However, when the Lib Dem team surveys residents in the most commuter affected part of Romsey (last time last Autumn) so far the majority have not wanted it.

In some parts of the city (including much of Romsey) the number of residents owning cars creates the pressure on parking, rather than it being commuter parking. Only a reduction in car ownership will solve this, beginning with people giving up their second car. This will happen as people no-longer need to own a car due to the availability of safe cycling routes, convenient and efficient public transport and the availability of the car club, which I encouraged to set up in Cambridge several years ago.

(Liberal Democrat)

The area of Arbury that this problem primarily affects is the Stretten Avenue / Harvey Goodwin Avenue / Frenchs Road area. The Arbury Liberal Democrats have surveyed this area a number of times over the years to see whether residents would like a residents parking zone, and usually found about equal numbers strongly in favour and strongly opposed. The County Council will not bring in such a scheme without rather more comprehensive support than that. Further, the parking arrangements in Stretten Avenue in particular are, we're told, deliberately designed to slow down traffic, which is to the benefit of cyclists, and I personally have not found it difficult or unsafe to cycle in this area.

(UK Independence Party)

Charge everybody for street parking

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

As before, the city is suffering from chronic congestion. We need public transport to be an economical and effective alternative to driving in the city. To do this, we need to go underground and cut fares.

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