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Parking issues approached in two Gloucestershire towns

Parking problems are set to be addressed within the Gloucestershire towns of Moreton-in-Marsh and Cirencester.

Parking congestion had become such a problem on Moreton-in-Marsh High Street that it was impacting businesses, attractions and tourist sites, according to a local survey.

The Old Market Way car park was also underused and workers in the town had trouble finding parking spaces.

Both the Gloucestershire and Moreton-in-Marsh Town Council have devised potential solutions for the situation and are encouraging the public to give their opinion.

Nigel Moor, a local county councillor said: "As parking controls in the town centre are likely to have a wider effect, we want to hear from local people to decide if changes should be considered."

Among the proposed improvements are time restrictions and/or a pay and display system, as well as providing residents with a new parking scheme.

One drop-in consultation event was held at Moreton Area Centre yesterday (15 July) from 11am until 4pm and the second will take place on Tuesday 21 July from 3pm until 7pm.

Cirencester have also laid out plans to tackle the parking problems.

Chairman of the Project Board, Cllr Hancock, said: "Whilst we have no statutory obligation to provide parking - and are under no obligation to deliver additional parking as part of the emerging Local Plan - we, nevertheless, understand the importance of ensuring that the parking needs of businesses, workers, shoppers, tourists and residents are managed effectively."

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