Council begin parking survey in town centre

Colchester Council is set to undertake a visitor survey to find out views on its car parks in Colchester town centre.

The survey is scheduled to take place between 26th January and 2nd February.

Cllr. Mike Lilley (Lab), Colchester Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, Public Safety and Licensing, said: “We are carrying out this survey because we want to build a better picture of exactly how and why people use our town centre car parks, alongside how easy it is to pay, whether they know about special offers and what improvements they would like to see.

“This is all valuable information that will help us to develop parking in the town centre and shape future polices.”

Parking Officers from North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP), who manage the Council’s car parks, and Street Ambassadors from Colchester’s BID team will be asking drivers to complete the survey in exchange for a free car parking stay.

Confirmed survey dates are:
Butt Road Car Park: 28th January, 9am-12noon & 29th January, 1pm-4pm

St Johns Car Park: 28th January, 1pm-4pm; 29th January 1pm-3pm & 2nd February, 8.30am-10.30am

St Mary’s Car Park: 28 & 29th January, 12noon-2pm & 2nd February, 10am-12noon

Vineyard Street Car Park: 26th January, 2pm-4pm; 28th January 1pm-3pm; 1st & 2nd February 12pm-2pm

Britannia Car Park: 1st & 2nd February, 3pm-5pm

Priory Street Car Park: 26th January, 10am-12pm; 28th January, 9am-11am; 1st & 2nd February 9am-11am

Middleborough Car Park: 28th & 29th January 8am-10am

The survey is also available online, however the free parking offer is not available for online submissions.

The survey focuses on how and why drivers use the car parks in Colchester and the experience they have, including value for money, special offers, MiPermit payment options, access and lighting.

It also gives people the chance to comment on whether they would like to see electric vehicle charging points installed and areas of the car parks they feel could be developed to make the car parks better.