New Cheltenham parking restrictions to start in May

Changes to street parking in Cheltenham have been given the go-ahead.

The plans, which include a mix of residents' parking, pay-and-display and limited waiting areas, will be rolled out from May.

Gloucestershire County Council said letters and e-mails were being sent to all residents who had commented.

"The changes should make a big difference to people trying to find a parking space in the area, be they a resident or a visitor," he added.

The plans had been drawn up to help reduce congestion in areas that residents had identified as having parking problems.

No space guarantee

A number of zones have been identified where all long stay parking by commuters or shoppers will be prevented.

In very congested areas pay-and-display parking will be introduced.

Residents and businesses in the affected zones will be able to purchase permits to park without time restrictions.

Each household or business will be allowed to purchase two permits but the scheme will not guarantee a space outside homes or businesses.

The restrictions will be in force from 0800 to 2000, Monday to Saturday.

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