Charging for parking on Victoria Embankment

A consultation has begun for charging for parking on Victoria Embankment.
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Parking is proposed to be free for 1 hour (3 hours for blue badge holders).
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Otherwise, there is a charge.
The proposal (ref. OSP 8017) is for across the full length of Victoria Embankment.
Parking is withdrawn from in front of the Peace Memorial.
What is driving this change is the more recent trend of workers at offices across the river to park on the Embankment for free, all day; not pro-park or pro the residents of Victoria Embankment.
There are however, points to address –
– why change for the stretch of the Embankment alongside the play area?
– why would 1 hour be a reasonable limit for free parking if you are using the play area or the park?
– why charge for parking near the Old Toll Bridge?
– what impact might charging in these areas have on Bathley Street, where there is no charge, or the car park on the northern part of the park?
– how will charging vary for the weekend?
– will cars parking be displaced further north, along Meadows Way east?
– will charging affect the customers of any business this side of Trent Bridge?
– is £2 for all day actually enough, given it’s more expensive to park in West Bridgford?
The Nottingham Post published an article on Monday.

Whilst Cllr. Nicola Heaton and I support the proposals for control of the whole site in principle, we want the details got right, so that
1, we don’t see unnecessary displacement into residential areas of The Meadows, or
2. we don’t see discouragement of the use of the play area and park,
and hope people will make their views on the detail known in the next six weeks.
A fuller statement from the Council is available.
On the wider issue of parking in The Meadows, if the start of the wider tram services do not relieve parking problems in the unprotected parts of residential area of the New Meadows (along Meadows Way east, Bruce & Kirkby, Manifold & Houseman, Ayton & Strome, and Ainsworth & Hope), it seems clear we will have to consult over introducing permits.


One thought on “Charging for parking on Victoria Embankment

  1. A free hour is not enough for a pleasant riverside stroll with my elderly parents or a bike ride with my kids when they were learning to cycle or when my son used to play for a football team on the Embankment. Surely three hours free would be enough to stop people parking all day for work but giving other people time to enjoy the surroundings?

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