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Why we introduce controlled parking zones

​Introducing controlled parking zones (CPZs) can improve local areas for residents by helping them park and reducing congestion.

There are an increasing number of cars on our roads every year. This worsens congestion and can also make it increasingly difficult for lots of our residents to park near their homes. This can present major difficulties to some residents, such as parents with young children, people carrying heavy shopping, and the elderly and less mobile. CPZs can sometimes resolve these difficulties by reserving street parking spaces for local residents.

We also use CPZs to help the regeneration of town centres. All spaces in a CPZ, that aren’t reserved for residents and/or business parking spaces, are short-stay spaces. Introducing CPZs to town centres can therefore ensure that there are more spaces available for people making short trips to town, to visit the shops or to use local facilities.

Our roads are becoming so congested that, as a council, we have a duty to try to influence the mode of transport people choose. We would like commuters to make their entire journeys on public transport, rather than driving and causing congestion on the roads and making it difficult for residents to park locally. CPZs are a useful tool that can help us achieve this.

We only introduce CPZs when the majority of residents who respond to consultation are in favour of a scheme. We do not impose CPZs where residents don't want them.

Income generated from CPZs

We do make money from parking but, as explained above, this is not the aim of CPZs. It is important that CPZs generate income because government guidance requires all councils to ensure that their parking control accounts are self-financing.

CPZs make money from:

  • income received through penalty charge notices

  • permit sales

  • and pay and display income.

Money made from CPZs is used to maintain their signs and lines and to provide regular enforcement by our civil enforcement officers.