Ely’s New Parking Regulations

Car parks designed to meet the needs of shoppers, visitors and commuters are on the agenda at next week’s Environment and Transport Committee.

Council Chiefs will debate changes to the car park regimes within Ely designed to ensure city centre car parks are available specifically for visitors and shoppers, while commuters get their own car park at Angel Drove. This all means an increase of approximately 200 car parking spaces across the city.

Councillor John Seaman MBE, Chairman of the Environment & Transport Committee, said: “We have to strike a careful balance between all the people who want to use the car parks in Ely. Currently the city’s car parks and streets are imbalanced with too many spaces in the city centre being taken by long stay users. This forces shoppers and visitors to have to search in vain for a free space.

“The changes which are being put forward to next week’s Environment and Transport Committee aim to tackle this problem. With the new car park at Angel Drove opening in late autumn, we have an excellent opportunity to come up with new car parking regimes in addition to having approximately 200 extra spaces which will fit the needs of our city. The goal is to free up the car parking in the centre of Ely for shoppers and visitors while preventing those who do not need such prime locations from using these car parks.

There will also be morning restrictions on Barton Road, Fisherman’s Lane, and Ship Lane in order to encourage commuters to use the new Angel Drove car park.

“By coming up with these proposals, we have opened the possibility of tackling other issues such as replacing coach parking with car parking spaces in Barton Road. In addition, there will be increased enforcement. We will not be able to please everyone but I promise the proposals decided at Committee will be put to out to public consultation for everyone to give their opinions on the plans. “

Proposed Car Parking Regulatory Regimes

There will be changes to the short stay regimes at Newnham Street and St Mary’s Street will each have a maximum stay of three hours. Forehill car park will become a short stay car park only with the longest stay being four hours. On Saturdays the Grange will also have a 3-hour time limit with unrestricted evening parking. These will all be designed to benefit the thousands of shoppers who come to Ely.

 

Car Parks & Max Times Parking Spaces Restrictions
Bray’s Lane (2 hours) 291 Short Stay No return within 2 hours
Newnham Street (3 hours) 122 short stay, 5 disabled spaces 3 hour between 8:30 and 6:00pm no return within 2 hours
St Mary’s Street (3 hours) 69 spaces, 3 disabled, 4 motorcycle 3 hour between 8:30 and 6:00pm – No return within 2 hours. Unrestricted parking at all other times
The Grange (3 hours) 90 spaces available evenings and weekends 3 hour between 8:30 and 6:00pm – no return within 2 hours
Forehill (4 hours) 270 short stay plus 6 disabled & motor homes in specified wider bays 4 hour between 8:30 and 6:00pm – no return within 2 hours. Unrestricted parking at all other times.

Proposed Morning Restrictions On Car Parks

There will also be morning restrictions on Barton Road, Fisherman’s Lane, and Ship Lane in order to encourage commuters to use the new Angel Drove car park. The new commuter car park will cost £2.50 per day and will have a park and ride service every Saturday.

 

Car Parks & Max Times Parking Spaces Restrictions
Barton Road 193 Long Stay plus 5 disabled spaces (loosing coach bays) Maximum period 90 minutes between 8:00 and 10:00am. Unrestricted parking at all other times
Hereward – Available evenings and weekends only (within Barton Road cr park) Same restrictions at weekends Maximum period 90 minutes between 8:00 and 10:00am
Newnham Street 38 long stay plus 4 disabled spaces Maximum period 90 minutes between 8:00 and 10:00am Unrestricted parking at all other times
Fishermans Lane 25 spaces Maximum period 90 minutes between 8:00 and 10:00am – Unrestricted parking at all other times
Ship Lane 99 Long Stay plus 6 disabled Maximum period 90 minutes between 8:00 and 10:00am – Unrestricted parking at all other times
Cresswells 42 long stay, 2 disabled, 6 coach, 30 large vehicles 14 Hour

New Angel Drove Car Park Charges

 

  Parking Spaces Charges
New Angel Drove Car park 188 spaces £2.50 per day, every day including weekends, free bank holidays. £11.00 per week (7 day ticket) Park and Ride Saturdays 9:30 – 5:00 for no additional charge

The public consultation for the new parking regime is provisionally scheduled to begin the week commencing 6th August over a three-week period. The final plans will be put in place during the autumn.

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  1. P Coles
    P Coles says:

    Hello Councillor
    About the paying to park this was in the Ely weekly paper, Saying the council was looking into charging to park in Ely. I know you have been working hard for the people of ely who do not have spaces to park outside there homes and have to use the city carparks to park in. But is it not about time the council gave out permits to these people. These people who pay there council tax and shop in the city but have to keep moving there cars around where shop and office workers get permits.

  2. Cllr Jackie Petts, Ely East
    Cllr Jackie Petts, Ely East says:

    This is a thorn in my side that is true. I reckon that there are only about 60 residents who are greatly inconvenienced by this, but the general view of Council Officers, who are very experienced in these matters, is that giving a concession to a few will just open the flood gates for even more requests. And who are we to judge who is the most deserving of the very limited space available?

    Some residents commute to London and Cambridge every-day. Just because they live in Ely – does that make them more deserving of a free space in our City Centre than a commuter from Soham for instance, whose Council Tax is also paying for the car parks?

    In my view, the only way to restrict take-up would be to charge a lot for a permit – as much as parking in Angel Drove – but this idea went down like a lead balloon with residents.

    In truth most of them manage fairly well by parking on-street at night and moving into a long-stay car park at 8:30 in the morning for the rest of the day.

    However, there is hope that once we have control of on-street parking, we shall be able to offer a reasonably priced residents’ parking scheme for those that want it. We are awaiting the result of a review that is being carried out at the moment.

    Money is not really anything to do with it. Lack of land is the problem – they’re not making any more of it.

  3. P Coles
    P Coles says:

    I would like to know how many parking ticket have been given out and what has happened to the fines recivied, and how many have be cancalled.Since the car parking rules have started.

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