Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's parking policy sets out regulation of both on and off street parking controls throughout the Borough.
A parking policy is an integral part of a local authority's traffic management policy. Many parking restrictions are introduced sporadically over the years with the aim of resolving particular local issues. Restrictions can be introduced locally but their effectiveness requires committed enforcement. It is essential that both their introduction and subsequent enforcement are clearly focused on achieving identifiable objectives.
In formulating a parking policy a consistent approach is established with resources targeted at high priority situations. The policy will help to review existing restrictions and the way in which they are implemented, to ascertain which objectives are being met and where improvements may be needed. Out of date or unnecessary restrictions should be removed if public acceptance of the policy is to be maintained.
The parking policy must demonstrate clear objectives that benefit the community and not be seen to be simply making money from punitive restrictions.
It must be recognised that parking provision to satisfy demand may not be achievable or desirable and that preferential conditions should be offered to the more sustainable forms of transport. It should also be remembered that the highway is intended for the purpose of passing and repassing and that no right of parking exists on the highway. Parking provision is therefore a concession and, however desirable, should not be at the expense of the purpose of the highway. However, where it is safe and desirable parking should be allowed provided that the situation complies with the aims and policies of the Authority. It should be noted that the distinction between residents cars and those of others can only be made through resident parking schemes. It should also be remembered that the Police may deal with parked vehicles which are causing obstruction, regardless of whether there are parking restrictions in force.