Reading Workplace Parking Survey

Reading Borough Council want to hear from businesses in the area about their current parking usage and requirements. Please complete the survey below to help them better understand workplace parking in Reading and how travel for work could be improved.

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Overview

Reading Borough Council is looking at introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) to help fund local transport and infrastructure improvements which will directly benefit commuters in Reading.

A WPL in Reading could be a viable and fair travel demand tool (alongside others such as a low emission zone or clean air zone). It could also achieve a modal shift away from the private car allowing sustainable growth to come forward and address some of the local concerns around highway performance.

Reading Borough Council are asking local businesses to complete this survey to help them determine whether a WPL would be worth investigating for the area. In order to do this they need to know more about your workplace parking allowance and usage.

Please complete the survey below to provide information on parking at your workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I being asked to complete this survey?

Reading Borough Council is looking at introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), an employer charge for employee-occupied parking spaces. This survey hopes to:

  • Determine how many employers there are within the study area and the number of parking spaces each one provides for employees.
  • Record how many of these parking spaces are occupied during a typical workday.

This information will all help the Council determine whether to go ahead with a WPL.

What is a workplace parking levy (WPL)?

A workplace parking levy (WPL) is a charge made by a local authority on employers for the number of parking spaces (‘workplace parking’) provided for employees. Workplace parking spaces include only those parking spaces that are regularly occupied by an employee or business visitor and hence unused parking spaces are not subject to the levy.

All money raised from a WPL must be ring-fenced for investment in local transport improvements.

A workplace parking levy in Reading could be a viable and fair travel demand tool (alongside others such as a low emission zone or clean air zone). It could also achieve a modal shift away from the private car allowing sustainable growth to come forward and address some of the local concerns around highway performance.

What is the proposed area?

The Council is looking at the whole of the Reading Borough area, as shown in the map below.

Is there a WPL anywhere else?

There is currently only one active scheme in the UK run by Nottingham City Council, but the London Borough of Hounslow have recently been looking at implementing one and just completed their consultation phase in January 2019.

Is the Nottingham scheme successful?

So far, the scheme appears to have been successful. The WPL has provided the expected level of income which in turn has assisted in financing new tram infrastructure. There have been no measurable impacts on business growth and Nottingham has experienced a smaller increase in congestion than other comparable cities.

Would a WPL help achieve any other policy objectives?

Yes. The introduction of a WPL and the transport infrastructure it funds will contribute to improving air quality locally and by encouraging people to travel actively and increasing the amount of physical activity they undertake, there will be health benefits too.

What will happen if the Council decides to introduce a WPL?

If a WPL is considered suitable to implement, there would be a lengthy statutory process to progress which includes extensive public consultation. Any such scheme is therefore many years from implementation.

How much will be charged?

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Who pays?

The charge is made to the employer. It will be their decision as to whether the charge is passed on to staff. In Nottingham, 8 out of 10 of the biggest employers have passed the charge on to their employees.

Will small businesses be affected?

Although the feasibility study will set the final parameters of the scheme, it is very likely that small businesses will receive an exemption from the WPL. In Nottingham, employers that provide 10 or fewer workplace parking spaces are exempt.

Are there any other exemptions?

Other exemptions and discounts will also apply such as a blanket exemption for blue badge holders, customer and non-regular business visitor parking spaces.

We are also considering whether active electric vehicle charging point spaces should be entitled to a discount on the rate. This would help incentivise lower emission vehicles which is in line with council policy, however it may add significant volatility to the financing scenario given unknowns about potential take up of EVs in future. Whilst EVs produce very little pollution at point of use, they still take up highway space which causes congestion.

When will it come into force?

This is the first stage in a longer process and no decision has yet been taken on whether to introduce a WPL. Following this survey, if the decision is made to proceed with the scheme the Council will need to develop a detailed business case which would be subject to a public consultation.

Why can’t Central Government just pay for these improvements from existing taxes on businesses?

There are currently significant existing constraints on public spending. Such funds that are available from central and regional government usually require a contribution or ‘match’ funding from the Local Authority (Reading Borough Council). If the Council were to bid for funding, having a source of revenue from a WPL as a contribution or ‘match’ would help the application. There is a range of other funding options that could support future transport improvements alongside revenue from a WPL, such as;

  • Contributions from property developers through the planning process.
  • Contributions in the form of grants from Government bodies (e.g. Department for Transport).
  • Borrowing (from public or private sector) repaid through increased income from new businesses.

How can I find out more?

More information on the Nottingham scheme can be found here.

If you have further questions about this survey, they can be addressed to XXXXXXXXXX.

Privacy Notice

This consultation is being carried out by Project Centre Limited for and on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

All personal data submitted in connection with the consultation is processed by Project Centre Limited on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

Reading Borough Council’s Privacy Notice, which explains how personal data submitted in connection with this consultation is used is available on their website.

Overview

Overview

Reading Borough Council is looking at introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) to help fund local transport and infrastructure improvements which will directly benefit commuters in Reading.

A WPL in Reading could be a viable and fair travel demand tool (alongside others such as a low emission zone or clean air zone). It could also achieve a modal shift away from the private car allowing sustainable growth to come forward and address some of the local concerns around highway performance.

Reading Borough Council are asking local businesses to complete this survey to help them determine whether a WPL would be worth investigating for the area. In order to do this they need to know more about your workplace parking allowance and usage.

Please complete the survey below to provide information on parking at your workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I being asked to complete this survey?

Reading Borough Council is looking at introducing a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), an employer charge for employee-occupied parking spaces. This survey hopes to:

  • Determine how many employers there are within the study area and the number of parking spaces each one provides for employees.
  • Record how many of these parking spaces are occupied during a typical workday.

This information will all help the Council determine whether to go ahead with a WPL.

What is a workplace parking levy (WPL)?

A workplace parking levy (WPL) is a charge made by a local authority on employers for the number of parking spaces (‘workplace parking’) provided for employees. Workplace parking spaces include only those parking spaces that are regularly occupied by an employee or business visitor and hence unused parking spaces are not subject to the levy.

All money raised from a WPL must be ring-fenced for investment in local transport improvements.

A workplace parking levy in Reading could be a viable and fair travel demand tool (alongside others such as a low emission zone or clean air zone). It could also achieve a modal shift away from the private car allowing sustainable growth to come forward and address some of the local concerns around highway performance.

What is the proposed area?

The Council is looking at the whole of the Reading Borough area, as shown in the map below.

Is there a WPL anywhere else?

There is currently only one active scheme in the UK run by Nottingham City Council, but the London Borough of Hounslow have recently been looking at implementing one and just completed their consultation phase in January 2019.

Is the Nottingham scheme successful?

So far, the scheme appears to have been successful. The WPL has provided the expected level of income which in turn has assisted in financing new tram infrastructure. There have been no measurable impacts on business growth and Nottingham has experienced a smaller increase in congestion than other comparable cities.

Would a WPL help achieve any other policy objectives?

Yes. The introduction of a WPL and the transport infrastructure it funds will contribute to improving air quality locally and by encouraging people to travel actively and increasing the amount of physical activity they undertake, there will be health benefits too.

What will happen if the Council decides to introduce a WPL?

If a WPL is considered suitable to implement, there would be a lengthy statutory process to progress which includes extensive public consultation. Any such scheme is therefore many years from implementation.

How much will be charged?

Info required

Who pays?

The charge is made to the employer. It will be their decision as to whether the charge is passed on to staff. In Nottingham, 8 out of 10 of the biggest employers have passed the charge on to their employees.

Will small businesses be affected?

Although the feasibility study will set the final parameters of the scheme, it is very likely that small businesses will receive an exemption from the WPL. In Nottingham, employers that provide 10 or fewer workplace parking spaces are exempt.

Are there any other exemptions?

Other exemptions and discounts will also apply such as a blanket exemption for blue badge holders, customer and non-regular business visitor parking spaces.

We are also considering whether active electric vehicle charging point spaces should be entitled to a discount on the rate. This would help incentivise lower emission vehicles which is in line with council policy, however it may add significant volatility to the financing scenario given unknowns about potential take up of EVs in future. Whilst EVs produce very little pollution at point of use, they still take up highway space which causes congestion.

When will it come into force?

This is the first stage in a longer process and no decision has yet been taken on whether to introduce a WPL. Following this survey, if the decision is made to proceed with the scheme the Council will need to develop a detailed business case which would be subject to a public consultation.

Why can’t Central Government just pay for these improvements from existing taxes on businesses?

There are currently significant existing constraints on public spending. Such funds that are available from central and regional government usually require a contribution or ‘match’ funding from the Local Authority (Reading Borough Council). If the Council were to bid for funding, having a source of revenue from a WPL as a contribution or ‘match’ would help the application. There is a range of other funding options that could support future transport improvements alongside revenue from a WPL, such as;

  • Contributions from property developers through the planning process.
  • Contributions in the form of grants from Government bodies (e.g. Department for Transport).
  • Borrowing (from public or private sector) repaid through increased income from new businesses.

How can I find out more?

More information on the Nottingham scheme can be found here.

If you have further questions about this survey, they can be addressed to XXXXXXXXXX.

Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice

This consultation is being carried out by Project Centre Limited for and on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

All personal data submitted in connection with the consultation is processed by Project Centre Limited on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

Reading Borough Council’s Privacy Notice, which explains how personal data submitted in connection with this consultation is used is available on their website.


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