TOWNSPEOPLE are being invited to make their thoughts known about the district council-owned car parks.
Stratford District Council is carrying out a public consultation of its car parks in the town centre and will be seeking the views of residents, organisations and businesses over the coming weeks through a public consultation.
The council is also looking at future options for Bridgeway Multi-Storey and Surface car parks.
The car park is currently ‘pay on exit’ but the council say the system has reached the end of its life and they are looking to replace it with a new ‘pay and display’ system.
They argue the improvements, which were originally planned for spring 2015 and include paying by phone and card, would not only help reduce the number of technical issues but also give people more flexibility and choice.
The findings of the consultation will be used to help improve the car parks and user satisfaction as well as determining the future of the Bridgeway Multi-Storey car park.
The survey is split into two parts with the first designed to establish which council car parks are used and by whom, to gauge public opinion on the standards and ease of use of the car parks and gather views on what could be done to improve them.
It will also look into which methods people are using – including the new RingGo pay by phone option – to pay for parking.
The second part of the survey is aimed at discovering people’s views on the options for parking at Bridgeway Multi-Storey and Surface car park.
Technical services spokesman, Coun Mike Brain, said: “Car parking is important to many of us and often a topic of great debate. We are looking forward to hearing a wide range of views.”
Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £30 of shopping vouchers.
The survey can be completed on line by visiting www.stratford.gov.uk and clicking the off-street parking page from the front page banner.
Paper copies are also available on request and can be collected from the council offices at Elizabeth House in Church Street.
The closing date for completing the survey is Monday August 17.