Go ahead for Lymington High Street on-street parking charges

Hampshire County Council has approved plans to develop on-street pay and display parking on Lymington High Street to encourage motorists to park for their allotted time only and, therefore, better manage demand for parking by increasing the turnover of spaces

Mar 11 2022

Parking will include a free 20-minute parking period - in addition to the statutory 10 minute ‘grace period’ – which will enable people to make short shopping trips without having to pay. The current one-hour maximum stay on the High Street will be extended for up to two hours at an hourly charge of £1 per hour in line with the cost of parking in nearby off-street car parks operated by New Forest District Council. 

Charging will apply on Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm and there will be no charges on Sundays or Bank Holidays. There will continue to be no High Street parking on Saturdays when Lymington Charter Market is trading. 

Approving the recommendations on 10 March 2022, Councillor Russell Oppenheimer, the County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, commented: “While I note and can understand the local opposition to this change, I have also taken into account the results of the parking surveys. 

“On balance, I believe the recommendations and proposals are key to the County Council’s plans to modernise the on-street parking service. Those who pay for parking tend to abide by the time restrictions they have paid for, moving on before expiry and, thereby, freeing up parking for other users. I agree that we need to manage increasing demand for on-street parking more efficiently and that we maintain this service without having to draw on highways maintenance funding.”

Four separate parking occupancy surveys, undertaken before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, identified that each day between 160 and 170 people parked on the High Street and ignored the one-hour maximum permitted stay. 

The parking surveys also showed that around 70% of people parking in the high street do so for short stays of up to 30 minutes meaning that the vast majority of visitors using parking in the High Street will be unaffected by the proposed parking charges.

The changes to on-street parking on Lymington High Street are expected to be implemented in the next two to three months.