Commissioners invite comment on proposed changes to Off Street parking provision.

Commissioners invite comment on proposed changes to Off Street parking provision.

Due to increased demand for long stay car parking Castletown Town Commissioners are considering changing the way that chargeable off-street parking is provided in the towns off-street car parks through the amendments to the current Castletown (Off-Street) (Parking Place) Order.

Central to these proposals is the concept that the parking in Chapel Lane (Grammar School) Car park, George Paddock Car Park and Malew Street Car Park (Tennis Courts) would be consolidated to provide 2hrs free parking in any space (4hrs for blue badge holders), after which a charge of £1 will be levied for the remainder of the day.

Parking would remain unrestricted in the Chapel Lane Carpark on a Sunday.

Weekly and annual permits would be available priced at £5 and £250 respectively with all monies being ring-fenced for reinvestment in parking and active travel infrastructure. Books of scratchcards similar to those already in use by trade permits on the public highway would be issued for daily parking.

NB:(2018/19 charges were £350 + VAT for an allocated residential parking space and £600 + VAT for an allocated business parking space.)

The town will cease to offer allocated parking to new applicants unless they can demonstrate a justifiable need for such in line with the criteria for Reserved Bays on the Public Highway (e.g. blue badge holder, member of on call emergency services). All existing users of allocated parking bays will be written to providing renewal options.

Parking in the Barracks Square and Fire Station would be restricted to 30-minute parking for those wishing to make a short visit to shops of banks, with one hour for blue badge holders.

The Amey Parking Study of 2013 identified that there are in excess of 1600 unrestricted on street parking spaces that remain available as an alternative to off street parking for those who do not wish to use the convenience of the central car parks. There is a commitment that short stay parking will not attract any charges.

The Commissioners would welcome feedback on these proposals in writing to the Town Hall, or by emailing clerk@castletown.gov.im by Monday 25th March.