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St Helena : St Helena: PROPOSED NEW PARKING ARRANGEMENTS IN JAMESTOWN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.03.2013 (Article Archived on 06.04.2013)

If you come to Jamestown on a busy day it can be frustrating to drive around and around looking for a suitable parking spot close to the shops and the centre of town. This problem is set to get worse as more vehicles arrive on the Island. Indeed, with the airport up and running in the next few years an even greater strain will be placed on our traffic system.

PROPOSED NEW PARKING ARRANGEMENTS IN JAMESTOWN


 


If you come to Jamestown on a busy day it can be frustrating to drive around and around looking for a suitable parking spot close to the shops and the centre of town. This problem is set to get worse as more vehicles arrive on the Island. Indeed, with the airport up and running in the next few years an even greater strain will be placed on our traffic system.


 


To find a solution to this problem, the Police Directorate, working closely with the Roads Division, has proposed and submitted for introduction a system which is used successfully throughout the world – “Pay and Display Parking”.


 


What is Pay & Display?


 


Pay & Display is a system of various demarcated parking areas in the central parts of Jamestown where motorists will be able to park at certain times for a pre-determined amount of time, provided they have paid for, and displayed, a ticket.


 


 


Where will these areas be?


 


At present there will be two main areas, both of which will be in Jamestown and they will be clearly signposted.


A Red Zone, for up to two hours parking - this will be from the           roundabout to St. James’s Church


A Blue Zone, for parking for up to 8 hours - this will be located in the Grand Parade.


 


How much will I have to pay? 


 


In the Red Zone, for a short stay of up to 2 hours = 25p


In the Blue Zone, for a stay up to 8 hours  = £1


 


(NOTE – to be confirmed by ExCo)


 


Where can I buy tickets?


 


Initially there will be two main outlets - the Customer Service Centre at the Post Office and from Ogborn House. We will also be encouraging people to buy these tickets in advance and keep them in their car. You could either purchase these tickets individually or in books of 20. In the long run, we are hoping to involve other businesses, shops and bars to also sell these tickets.


 


 


How do I use the Tickets?


 


Instructions are printed on the reverse side of each ticket:


Instructions


With a key or coin scratch out one panel from each of the following sections for the day you wish to use this permit:


Month


Day


Date


Time (Red Zone only)


Display the completed permit by placing the permit in clear view on the dashboard, with the scratched off panels facing upwards.


How will Pay & Display fit in with any future plans for Jamestown?


 


This system has been designed to be flexible and can be introduced in any location that the Highways Authority designates. This allows for future development and changes not only in Jamestown, but Island-wide.


 


What will happen if someone commits an offence?


 


There will be a number of offences, including overstaying the prescribed time, failing to display a ticket, failing to complete the ticket correctly, etc.


 


Obviously with any new system there will be teething issues and we recognise that any policing is by consent and is about working with the community we serve. As such, we will have an introduction period, where offences will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  This may include issuing warnings for first time offenders, to reporting for Court summons, repeat offenders.  There will be a 6 month evaluation period during  which time the operation of the system will be closely monitored and adjusted as necessary.


 


The introduction of Fixed Penalty tickets


 


Further public information will be provided prior to the introduction of Fixed Penalty Notices.


 


When will Pay and Display be introduced?


 


Providing final agreement is given by Executive Council, it is intended to introduce this system before 1 June 2013.


 


If members of the public are interested in this scheme or have any comments, there will be a series of public meetings around the Island over the next couple of weeks - in Longwood, Half Tree Hollow and Jamestown. The first will be on Tuesday 12 March, at Jamestown Community Centre.


 


Alternatively you can send any written comments to Community Beat Sergeant Jeromy Cairns-Wicks at Police headquarters Jamestown, or by e-mail to Community.Beat@police.gov.sh


 

 

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