Survey into paid parking in VOP and Oostwijk

Driving around looking for a free parking space in the Vettenoordse Polder (VOP) and in the Oostwijk. Sound familiar? In these districts, there is paid parking in some areas and not in others. In the streets surrounding the current paid parking area, it can take residents and visitors a long time to find somewhere to park. And if they cannot find a place, they sometimes park illegally. The municipality wants to do something about this. For both the VOP and the Oostwijk, we are studying whether paid parking might be an option in places where parking is now free.

Residents, businesses and organisations in the VOP and the Oostwijk have been sent a questionnaire about introducing paid parking in their district. This involves the addresses in the area where parking is still free.

If paid parking is introduced, the municipality expects that residents and people working in the district will find it easier to find somewhere to park nearby. 

The municipality will only introduce paid parking if the move is supported by most of the residents. They can therefore say whether they are for or against paid parking. Those in favour of paid parking will also be asked about the hours when they feel it should apply.

Your opinion counts!

Received a questionnaire? Give your opinion. It could determine the future of parking in your district. Because the basis for the survey is: the result will only be valid if 50 percent or more of those surveyed complete and return the questionnaire. Does a majority support the introduction of paid parking? In that case, the municipality will accept the decision and paid parking will be introduced. That means that there is sufficient support in the district, according to the Municipal Executive. If the majority is against, then the municipality will not introduce paid parking at this time. 

If paid parking is introduced, the municipal executive will adopt the hours preferred by those who completed the questionnaire. 

What happens if the response to the survey is less than 50 percent? The municipal executive will not automatically adopt the result. However, a response of between 24 and 50 percent does statistically provide a good representation of opinion in the district. And if most of the responses support paid parking, the municipal executive will discuss the introduction of paid parking with the municipal council. The municipal council will then have the final vote. 

And if the response to the survey is less than 24 percent? Then the result will not be considered representative of opinion in the district. Paid parking will then not be introduced at this moment.

Where is the municipality considering extending paid parking?

There are plans to extend paid parking in the VOP and the Oostwijk. There are also plans for paid parking in part of the Indische Buurt. In the Indische Buurt, this will be addressed when the restructuring plans are discussed with the residents. In the VOP and the Oostwijk, residents can now indicate on a questionnaire whether they are for or against it.

The plan to extend paid parking in the Oostwijk concerns the area between Parkweg, Julianasingel, Binnensingel and the Spoorsingel. See the map.

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Area in the Oostwijk where paid parking may be introduced.

The plan to extend paid parking in the VOP concerns the area between Parallelweg, Westhavenkade, Vossenstraat, Fuikstraat, Vettenoordstraat, Zomerstraat, Maassluissedijk and the Van Beethovensingel. See the map.

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Area in the VOP where paid parking may be introduced. 

During which times of day might the municipality introduce paid parking?

In the questionnaire, we ask residents about the times when they feel paid parking should be introduced. There are three options:

Option 1:

  • Paid parking during the day and early evening
  • From 09:00 to 19:00
  • From Monday through Saturday

Option 2:

  • Paid parking at the end of the afternoon and in the evening
  • From 16:00 to 23:00
  • From Monday through Saturday

Option 3:
This is a combination of options 1 and 2.

  • Paid parking during the day and in the evening
  • From 9:00 to 23:00
  • From Monday through Saturday

In the Centre, part of the VOP and the western part of the Oostwijk, there is paid parking from Monday through Saturday, from 09:00 to 19:00.

How will paid parking affect residents?

If we introduce paid parking, residents will be able to buy a parking permit. For each address, a parking permit is available for a first car (€ 58 a year) and a second car (€ 190 a year). 

Via a transition regulation, people may apply for a parking permit for a third car for each address (price to be determined). This will only be possible at the moment when paid parking is introduced. After that it will no longer be possible, because we want to minimise the number of third parking permits. 

Some homes have their own parking space. Anyone with their own space must park their car there and no parking permit will be issued for the first car. Residents with their own parking space are eligible for a parking permit for a second or (via the transition regulation) a third car. 

Businesses and organisations which have no on-site parking may apply for commercial parking permits. 

What will change for your visitors and non-residents?

Residents have 25 hours of free parking per quarter for their visitors. They can then buy another 300 hours per year for half price for visitors. Visitors are registered via an app. Payment is by the minute. Residents without a car may also use the visitors' regulation.

In other cases, an hourly parking rate of € 2.40 applies. Payment can be made at the machine or per minute via an app on a mobile phone. 

What are the pros and cons of paid parking?

Paying for parking is not good for the wallet. That is one disadvantage of introducing paid parking. However, there are advantages too. We know that over 20 percent of cars in the VOP and the Oostwijk are a second, third, fourth or fifth car from a single household. Issuing one or two parking permits per house makes a difference. Also, people who need to come into the centre are less likely to park in the district if they are required to pay. Around 10 percent of the cars which now park for free will probably not be there during the hours of paid parking. The municipality does not expect that everyone will buy a permit for a third car if paid parking is introduced. And for the fourth and fifth car, this will not be possible at all. Furthermore, vehicles with a foreign number plate often do not meet the requirements for a parking permit. 

  • The municipality expects: Anyone who does not have a parking permit will probably not choose to pay for parking in the district for an extended period. Anyone who does have a parking permit will therefore find it easier to find a parking space than they do now. 

Better distribution of parking spaces for permit holders also reduces potential illegal parking. Illegal parking, for example on the pavement or on a street corner, is now a cause of huge irritation. Sometimes pedestrians find it impossible to pass. Which is even more annoying for anyone using a rollator or a mobility scooter. And illegal parking can cause considerable problems if an ambulance or fire engine cannot get past. During the hours of paid parking, traffic wardens will regularly patrol the area. Anyone who has not paid or who has parked illegally will receive a fine.

  • The municipality expects: Paid parking reduces illegal parking, mainly because there will be more traffic wardens on patrol.
What are the current parking rates?

The rates for parking permits and paid parking in Vlaardingen are fixed. The municipal council establishes the rates every year. 

Here are the most important products and rates: 

1st parking permit residents - € 58 per year
2nd parking permit residents - € 190 per year
3rd parking permit residents - Price to be determined
Commercial permit sector-related - € 454 per year
Commercial permit general business operations - € 854 per year (applies to all sectors in Vlaardingen with paid parking)
Parking permit carer - free
Parking for visitors via regulation for residents - Free for first 25 hours per quarter, then half price or € 1.20 per hour up to a maximum 300 hours per year. (Payment is by the minute)
Parking on the street (payment at machine or mobile) - € 2.40 per hour. (Payment is by the minute)

How do you take part?

The survey is intended for people aged over 18. The questionnaire is intended for the residents or entrepreneurs at the address on the letter. At each address, the recipients can complete one questionnaire.

Recipients can choose how they complete the questionnaire. There are two methods:

  1. Digital via this page (from 14 May to 8 June 2021)
  2. In writing via the paper questionnaire received, which you then return in the enclosed envelope. No stamp is required. During office hours, you may also hand the envelope to the reception of Stadskantoor on Westnieuwland 6.

The municipality would like to receive the completed questionnaires by Tuesday 8 June 2021. The questionnaire takes around 2 minutes to complete.

We are asking each address to complete the survey. Including people who do not own a car. Paid parking affects the street scene. And it can have an impact on your visitors. Introducing paid parking also affects neighbours who do have a car.

How will the municipality use your data?

The municipality processes the completed questionnaires. Your answers will be handled in the strictest confidence. Apart from the researchers, no one will have access to this data without your permission. When we present the results, we will only give the total result and impression per street. The results of the survey will be posted on this website in the summer of 2021.

Want to know more?

We are organising online information meetings from 19.30 to 21.00 on 31 May and 1 June. On 31 May, this will be for the VOP and on 1 June for the Oostwijk. You are very welcome to attend. We will explain the plans. If you log in to YouTube, you can ask questions via the chat. You can join the online information meeting via www.vlaardingen.nl/kijkmee.

If you cannot be present at the online information evening, you can watch it later at www.vlaardingen.nl/kijkmee. You can also ask your question at another time by phone, (010) 248 4000, or online via www.vlaardingen.nl/contactformulier.