Plans to tackle problem parking around Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth City Council is planning to introduce a package of measures to tackle inconsiderate and dangerous parking around the Plymouth Life Centre.

There have been ongoing problems with vehicles being left around the edge of the Life Centre car park, outside the marked bays and on kerbs, which obstructs access for other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Vehicles are often found parked along the side of the building (near Home Park), blocking access for emergency vehicles and restricting access to the disabled parking bays.

People also park in the Life Centre car park for long periods of time when they aren’t visiting the Life Centre, meaning paying customers aren’t able to use it.

This is despite the fact that there is an 800-space public car park right next to the Life Centre, which is free to use.

To help tackle these problems the Council plans to implement an off-street order covering the car park and a Traffic Regulation Order covering the road between the Life Centre and Home Park.

When the orders come into force anyone who does not park in a designated bay will risk being issued with a penalty charge notice of £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within 28 days).

A rotation system is also being proposed for the Life Centre car park, with a maximum stay of two hours and no return for two hours. Life Centre customers will be able to register their vehicle for a longer stay if needed.

These measures will complement a number of improvements made following a recent road safety audit, including new bollards along Mayflower Drive and the restriction of parking along the Mayflower Drive loading bay.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “The Plymouth Life Centre is hugely popular and it’s important to ensure the safety of customers using the centre as well as visitors to Home Park and Central Park as a whole. We are consulting with members of the public on the measures, which should significantly improve safety and access in this busy area.”

For full details of the proposals and how to share your views see the public notices on site and in the Herald or visit 1st Stop in New George Street. The deadline for comments is Monday 1 February.