For several years a large number of streets around the Etihad Campus in Beswick have had parking restrictions put in place during match days as well as during other events to protect residents’ parking.
However, with the construction of Co-op Live, the 23,500 capacity arena, it has become clear that more provision is needed to ensure local residents can park as easily as possible when the new venue starts operations in 2023.
Starting today (Monday 7 March), the consultation will be open until April 3 to gauge opinion on the expansion of resident parking permits.
There are two elements of restrictions being proposed that could be part of a final RPS, following the public consultation.
The first type of restriction would introduce parking bays with a 90-minute maximum stay permitted, except for permit holders who may park in the bays for an unlimited length of time, operational Monday to Sunday, 12.00 – 23.00.
The second would introduce permit holders only ‘past this point’ streets, Monday to Sunday, 12.00 – 23.00. This restriction is limited to smaller streets and cul-de-sacs where parking provision is limited.
The difference between the two options is to cater to the variation in street layout in the proposed RPS zone.
A website has been set up for residents to view what restrictions could be put in place in their street.
All permits will be electronic and linked to the registration plate of the holder, except for carer permits which will be paper. These will be free to apply for.
Business permits can also be applied for but will carry a cost of £45 per year.
A series of drop-in events will be held during the consultation period, where residents can visit to learn more about the impact of the proposed scheme. They will be run on:
Wednesday 16 March
15.00 – 18.00
Church of the Apostles
40 Ridgway St, Manchester M40 7FY
Thursday 17 March
15.00 – 18.00
60 Grey Mare Lane, Manchester, M11 3DS
Monday 21 March
16.30 – 19.30
Asda Eastlands (Community Room)
ASDA Sportcity, Ashton New Road, Manchester, M11 4BD
In addition to these events, we will also be holding an online session where the proposals will be explained, and the public and businesses will be able to ask questions. This online session will take place on Tuesday, 15 March, at 16.30 – 19.30 via Microsoft Teams. To take part please email [email protected] to receive a link before the event to join online.
If an RPS comes into force Manchester City Council will be responsible for enforcing the scheme. Additional resources will be taken on by the Council to ensure that appropriate enforcement can take place.
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council said:
“Through other resident parking schemes in Manchester we know they can make a positive impact for people living within its boundaries.
“As Manchester continues to grow, particularly in east Manchester, we need to make sure there are measures in place to support the people who have called it their home for years. The further development of the Etihad Campus as well as the construction of a new arena are very exciting for the city’s future, but it can’t come at the expense of residents and local businesses. We need to make sure their needs are prioritised as the area attracts new visitors.
“We are also looking to promote public transport, as well as improved walking and cycling routes as the best means for people to travel to east Manchester during events or match days. By making parking for residents only we will hopefully see fewer car journeys to the area, helping to fulfil our ambition to make the city zero carbon by 2038.”