On-street parking charges in Chester will begin in the new year

23 October 2019

On-street parking charges at three locations in Chester will begin in the new year to ensure spaces are available for those visiting local shops, bars and restaurants.

As part of Cheshire West and Chester Council's parking strategy for the city, the on-street limited waiting bays on City Road, Brook Street and Foregate Street will become pay and display parking bays.

Due to a lack of parking available in areas such as Brook Street, vehicles are often found parked on the pavement where yellow lines are present, which causes road safety issues. The introduction of modest parking charges will help ensure that parking places are available.

For added convenience, the permitted length of stay is being increased on City Road to two hours and on Foregate Street to one hour. Brook Street will remain the same at one hour because of the large number of vehicles parking there throughout the day.

Work to install pay and display machines in these areas will begin at the end of this month and charges will begin in early 2020. Dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Charging in City Road and Foregate Street will apply between 8am and 9pm and in Brook Street between 6pm and 9pm. Brook Street will remain free for a maximum stay of one hour (return prohibited within one hour) between 8am and 6pm. Charging on City Road will begin at 2pm on Sundays.

A £1 per hour charge applies between 8am and 6pm, with a maximum stay of two hours on City Road and one hour on Foregate Street (return prohibited within one hour). Between 6pm and 9pm there will be a £1 flat rate on each street.

This will ensure parking in Chester is fit for purpose and positively contributes to the city's economy. This plan, designed to better manage car parking demand across the city, is part of the Council's 15-year parking strategy.

The Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore, said: "As the strategy is embedded parking in Chester will be easier and more accessible for everyone - we are supporting residents, businesses and the visitor economy.

"The introduction of charges in these locations will ensure everyone can park where they need to, when they need to."

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