A week left to have your say on Bingham town centre car parkingLast updated: 22/11/2023
Surveys to collect up to date and in-depth information about both on and off street car parking in Bingham town centre are underway and residents can now have their say.
All can give their thoughts until November 29.
The survey, which has already received over 1,000 responses, focuses on better understanding who is parking in Bingham, where they are coming from, how long they are parking for and for what reasons such as work, shopping or using the health centre.
It also seeks to understand what would encourage visitors to the town to use alternative transport methods to their own personal vehicles.
Three day-long additional in-person surveys took place earlier this month with local businesses being contacted directly for their thoughts.
Bingham Car Parking Strategy Group met again on November 16 to discuss action on car parking in the town with representatives from Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC), Bingham Town Council (BTC) and Nottinghamshire County Council.
Group members include RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis, Ward Members for Bingham, Mayor Cllr Rowan Bird and Cllr Norman Mees from BTC and RBC Leader and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Cllr Neil Clarke.
Cllr Clarke said: “There has been an excellent response to the survey so far from those living in and travelling to Bingham and from business owners with well over 1,000 people informing us of their views and experiences.
“This will add a wealth of context to the data collected on site last week, building an even clearer picture of where parking in the town can be addressed.
“The survey remains open until November 29 and I would urge people to have their say if they haven’t already. The more voices we hear from, the better we will understand the situation and make improvements to benefit the town.
“We have also had a constructive meeting with Belvoir Health Group to understand the issues around parking and visiting the health centre.”
The Car Parking Strategy Group will use the survey responses to inform exploring short and long-term solutions and guide future discussions at meetings that will also centre on active travel and the role that cycling, walking and public transport could play to complement any changes.
The data will also feed into the development of a business case for a possible long stay car park site.
Cllr Bird, Mayor of Bingham Town Council added: “It is heartening to see such a good response to the survey and I encourage more people and businesses to have their say.
“It will not only assist with the long stay car park project but also provide further insight and inform decision making on town centre parking and active travel.”
Cllr Inglis said: “These next steps with the survey are a good start to gain a further insight into the town’s parking situation.
“It will give us a platform to further prepare a parking strategy for Bingham in conjunction with the County’s transport and highway strategy that will include on street car parking.”