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Better Local Decisions Needed on Street Parking in Dorset


8:10am 14th May 2014

Pay and display parking on streets around Dorset should only be used to combat a problem on the roads, and meet local needs.

That's the recommendation from a cross party panel of councillors who say congestion in town and increased people needing to park are reasons to introduce street spaces.

Dorset County Council will now consider the feedback when looking at on-street pay and display schemes in the future.

Cllr Bill Trite, chairman of the policy development panel, said the local authority needs to better understand the local areas needs before making parking decisions;

"On-street pay and display will not be introduced purely as a source of income for the council. There must be a distinct problem to solve, where pay and display would be an appropriate solution.

"To produce a scheme that solves a local issue, we need to understand local needs, conditions and concerns. One size does not fit all."

Each scheme will be reviewed after a year to make sure it has achieved the desired result. Alterations can be made at this stage to fine tune the scheme.

Towns will now be evaluated and prioritised using this new set of criteria.

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