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What is a "Full" and what is a "Light Touch" Parking Scheme?

The difference is simply the operating hours:

  • Full Scheme
     operates across all bays (permit, shared use and pay and display) from 9am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.

  • Light Touch Scheme operates across all bays (permit, shared use and pay and display) with two short blocks of controlled hours, say from 11am to midday and 6pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. In this consultation we are also being offered the possibility of a 7 day light touch scheme.

A Light Touch Scheme would have the following effects...

  • It would stop commuter parking 

  • Residents using a garage, therefore eligible for a residents permit, could still park on the street for a lot of the day and at weekends.

  • The light touch scheme is £30 a year cheaper for a standard twelve month permit.

  • Visitors could park for free most of the day and at weekends.

  • But ... there could still be out of area parking in uncontrolled hours.


A Full Scheme would have the following effects...

  • It would stop commuter parking

  • It would stop school-time parking.

  • It would stop weekend parking when there are events in Preston Park.

  • It would stop people parking who want to use Preston Park during the day.


You are allowed 50 visitor permits a year at a cost of £3.00 each.


Which type of scheme to vote for...

In a ‘full’ scheme, there will be a mix (usually about 50:50) of bays that are residents only and bays that are residents plus pay and display.  In a residential street it would be very rare for there to be any bays that were pay and display only.  A resident with a permit can park in a residents only or (if there are spaces) a residents plus pay and display bay as they wish, free of charge. A visitor with a visitor day permit can also park in a residents only or a residents plus pay and display bay. In a 'full' scheme it is very rare for there to be no parking space for a resident within a short walking distance of your home.  But there is the disadvantage that visitors need either a day permit (which you provide) or to pay and display for their parking.  (There are potential solutions for elderly and disabled residents and carers - see our blue badge FAQ.)


In a “light touch” scheme, typically there are no residents only bays and only a small number of pay and display bays. Most of the street is open for resident and non-resident parking alike over most hours. There are two blocks of controlled hours that can be five days per week or seven days per week.  The purpose of these is to prevent non-residents from parking all day or for multiple days in the street.  Only vehicles with a resident or a visitor permit can park in the street in the controlled hours.


When appraising the effectiveness of each type of scheme, the key issue to understand is the main source of non-resident parking.


If the main source is long stay parking (eg commercial vehicle / living/ camper van storage), then the “light touch” scheme does very well at reducing this parking demand because these vehicles have to be moved twice per day.  It frees up spaces for residents.


If the main source is short to medium stay parking for specific purposes and events, eg school pickups or drop offs, parking for shopping in town with the final leg of a journey completed on foot, by bike or bus, visiting a sports club, Preston Manor or Preston Park, then a “light touch” scheme will work less well, because most non-residents are quite content to be able to park for free for the two or three hour blocks when the scheme does not apply.  Residents are likely to find that, outside controlled hours, they still can’t park near their homes.  


There is also the diversion and gamble factor.  All the parking zones close by are "full" zones.  “Light touch” zones are less well enforced than “full” zones because there are fewer infringements and much shorter operating timescales (and the Council make less money). People from outside the zone and from neighbouring zones know this and sometimes take a punt on parking all day in any case, knowing that their risk of a ticket in a “light touch” zone is lower than in a “full” zone.  


If we went "light touch", especially excluding weekends, we may end up with problems outside controlled hours caused by school, sports club and park visitors and at weekends due to events in eg Preston Park and from parking demand being diverted from nearby full zones.

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