Council to introduce parking charges at Sheffield beauty spot to combat commuters

Endcliffe Park
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Sheffield City Council will next week consider proposals to introduce parking charges at Endcliffe Park in a bid to stop commuters using the car park.

The authority’s cabinet is being asked to approve plans to introduce a three-hour parking limit and charges, along with pay and display machines.

The council’s parking services would manage and enforce the parking, and all profits would be reinvested into the park, which is an authority-run charity.

The council must also apply to the Charity Commission to authorise the move.

The report states: “There is a small public car park within the park providing 19, two disabled, free unrestricted parking spaces for park visitors and is accessed from Rustlings Road.

“Research by Sheffield Hallam University shows that 49 per cent of visitors to the park are from outside of the immediate area, of which, 42 per cent drive to the site.

“Parks & Countryside Service monitoring has evidenced that the car park is increasingly being used by city centre commuters for all day parking.

“Both factors are placing increased pressure on the surrounding highway network and reducing the availability of disabled parking for visitors to the park.

“Implementing a charge as a demand management strategy would be a way forward.

“This would also have the desired effect of reducing the use of the car park by commuters. “Car parking controls and charges are now needed and implementing a charge as a demand strategy is the proposed way forward.”

The three-hour parking limit will be enforced from 9am to 6pm seven days per week, and will be charged at 50p per hour.

Blue badge holders will not be charged and will have unlimited time to stay at the park.

The plan is being supported by the Endcliffe Park Friends’ Group and a public consultation will take place before a final decision is made.

“Not implementing this proposal would mean that the car park will continue to be used by commuters,” the report states.

“ Monitoring shows that commuter car parking can be as high as 70 per cent of weekday use. It would not be practical to close the car park area off without affecting park users.”

The plan will be discussed at a meeting of Sheffield City Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, July 18.