VENTNOR Town Council has submitted an expression of interest to take on the management of the town’s car parks and Esplanade parking.
The Localism Act’s Community Right to Challenge provides a right for 'relevant bodies’, such as voluntary and community bodies as well as charities and town and parish councils, to submit an expression of interest to run local authority services.
Last month, councillors agreed to press ahead with plans to take over the operational management of the town’s car parks, following a feasibility study carried out by Parkspace Consulting’s Andy Stafford, who concluded it was "more than viable".
He proposed a number of schemes which could benefit the town, both in terms of bringing local people into the town centre and developing a sustainable source of income for future projects.
The Isle of Wight Council has eight weeks to consider the town council’s submission which, if accepted, would trigger an eight-month procurement process, opening it up to competitive tender.
Ventnor has around 520 parking spaces, including coach, motorcycle and disabled parking, at The Grove, La Falaise, Pound Lane, Market Street, Dudley Road, Eastern Esplanade and Shore Road car parks.
They generate around £170,000 a year in parking fees, while £30,000 is raised from on-street parking on the Esplanade.
Town council clerk David Bartlett told the County Press: "We went along this path because concerns about car parking were one of the major findings from the research done by our economic development officer."