I am writing to colleagues about the practical matter of car parking at the University.
I know that car parking is generally a great convenience to colleagues, but is, on occasion, a source of irritation.
Some changes are being made this year and I thought it would be helpful to explain the wider context within which car parking is provided and managed at the University.
The University has no responsibility to provide any car parking at all except for those students, staff and visitors who have mobility impairments. However, we try our best to provide a much more extensive service.
The University’s leadership is keenly aware that we live in a predominantly rural area where public transport is patchy at best. We know that many of our students engage in placements in rural schools and at health care settings where the only practical way to get to the placement on time is to use a car/motor bike. We want to do what we can to make working and studying at the University as practically convenient, as well as safe and secure, as possible. We are keenly aware of the issues posed by shift work and teaching in the evenings for example, and our safety and other systems are designed to be supportive.
Although providing car parking is expensive, we try to provide what we can in ways which are reasonable and pragmatic within the framework provided by the public authorities. The charges which are made are easily outweighed by the costs of providing car parking.
The public authorities have generally discouraged the creation of new car parks. For example, we developed the City Campus some 10 years ago we were only allowed to provide disabled car parking. When we acquired the Riverside building we were permitted to construct the new car park behind the Riverside building only because there was a pre-existing car park there.
In recent years we have acquired new facilities for parking – notably at the Moors car park (Monday to Friday on a leasehold basis) and the Jenny Lind building. We have lost the car parking we used to rent at the former Coppertops Pub. The car parking at the Jenny Lind is ‘city centre’ car parking which is very much in demand. A University annual permit costs very much less than the £720 for a City Council annual season ticket valid at the nearest public car park (Cattle Market). New developments have, of course, created new issues and challenges.
The University facilities team work hard to manage the University’s car parking as well as is possible. If there are practical issues I know that the team try to resolve them fairly and sensibly. If you have a practical, personal matter please raise this direct by contacting email@example.com
Technological developments, including Automatic Number Plate Recognition, means that we hope to be able to manage car parking on a new basis in future. This is a challenge because of the spread out nature of the University’s car parking. Nonetheless, our Facilities team is preparing plans for the investment required and we hope to be able to move to a new, more effective system within the next two years.
For the time being, the University is continuing to use an updated version of our long-standing permit and pay and display system. This requires that all permits should be re-issued – so that the invalid permits in circulation can be eliminated.
If you wish to make an application for a new parking permit please do follow the procedure outlined in the attached document. You may also find these frequently asked questions useful.
Many thanks to all colleagues for your understanding.
Particular thanks to our colleagues in the University’s Facilities team as they do their best to meet the challenges of providing for car parking for so many diverse needs from so many students and colleagues. I know that the results achieved are the envy of colleagues in many other Universities.
As always the University’s strong culture of friendliness, courtesy and resolving problems together provides the basis for making the best of the facilities at our disposal. Thank you.
With all best wishes
Professor David M A Green
Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive