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Draft Car Parking Policy Consultation

As part of the University’s Transport Strategy 2019-2024, the University has committed to reviewing how car parking is managed. This work is being led by the University’s Transport Working Group, chaired by Professor Ian Leslie.

In Michaelmas term 2022, we invited all staff to give us feedback on car parking at the University through the annual travel survey and a series of focus groups. We consulted the Trade Unions, Disabled Staff Network and the Parent and Carers (SPACE) network. We also collected the views of Institutions through a survey and separate focus groups with Departmental Administrators.

The Transport Working Group, in discussion with the HR Committee agreed that the car parking policy should be updated:

  • To improve levels of staff satisfaction with how parking is managed.
  • To increase access to parking for staff who need it to conduct their work efficiently or who don’t have other affordable travel options.
  • To enable more staff (not just permit holders) with a need to park to find a space when one is required, across all car parks.
  • To ensure permits are allocated to staff consistently across the University and to those with the greatest need.
  • To better utilise the spaces provided, particularly with more varied working patterns.
  • To develop a permit system which reduces the level of staff administration required and utilises future technologies.

We have listened to your feedback, as well as engaging with other universities and the parking industry to gain insight into how our car parking policy could be improved.

We have prepared a new policy which we think achieves all the objectives set out above. We would like to hear from all staff members about your views on the Draft Policy.

How to get involved

1. Read the Car Parking Policy Review and Draft Car Parking Policy

Please take some time to read the Car Parking Policy Review and Draft Car Parking Policy before completing the survey.

2. Watch the Webinars

A series of short webinars have been recorded to summarise the engagement findings and outline the recommendations. These will be online from 9 May to 9 June for you to watch whenever you are able to.

3. Complete the online staff survey

A link to the online survey is here.

We would like to hear your views. All staff can take part in the consultation, even those employed through the Temporary Employment Service (TES). 

Answers from this survey will be anonymised. We have asked for some personal information to gather data to understand demand for parking permits. These questions are optional but we would appreciate your feedback. There are also some general questions relating to caring responsibilities and long-term health issues, but you can choose whether or not to answer them.

You can also access a downloadable pdf version is of the survey here.

You can obtain paper copies at the following locations:

  • West Hub first floor reception, West Cambridge site
  • Student Services Centre Reception, New Museums site
  • Clinical School Reception, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Please scan and email your form to Alternatively you can send in the University’s postal service to Greenwich house Estates Division.

This survey is open from Tuesday 9th May to Friday 9th June at 5.30pm. 

A separate survey will be available to seek the views of Institutions. A link has been circulated to Institutions through the Key Issues Bulletin on May 4th.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A series of FAQs are online here.

  • If you have any other questions about the Draft Car Parking Policy, please email