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1. INTRODUCTION
South Woodham Ferrers Town Council has commissioned Alpha Parking Ltd to undertake
Parking Occupancy surveys around five car parks in the town centre; Asda, Barons Road,
Brickfields, Knight Street and the Leisure Centre. Four survey days took place to reflect
occupancy levels during term time and half term as well as a weekday and a weekend day.
Questionnaires (shown in appendix A) were given to a sample of users at the car parks to
determine their purpose of visit as well as their usual frequency and duration of use.
A total of 1,176 user questionnaires were completed:
> Wednesday 28
th
August 2019 (school half term) 308 questionnaires complete
> Saturday 31
st
August 2019 (school half term) 412 questionnaires complete
> Wednesday 25
th
September 2019 (school term time) 200 questionnaires complete
> Saturday 28
th
September (school term time) - 256 questionnaires complete
The graphs on pages 6 to 11 are based on these results.
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2. CAR PARK LOCATIONS
The five car parks are located in the town centre, close by to shops, local facilities i.e. the library, hairdressers/barbers, bank and post office, local
schools, the leisure centre and bars/restaurants. The local train station is approximately a 20 minute walk away from the car parks.
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3. PARKING OCCUPANCY SURVEY RESULTS
Asda Car Park
Barons Road Car Park
Brickfields Car Park
Knight Street Car Park
Leisure Centre Car Park
536
144
107
45
82
08:30
%
15:30
%
08:30
%
15:30
%
08:30
%
15:30
%
08:30
%
15:30
%
08:30
%
15:30
%
196
37%
337
63%
43
30%
84
58%
89
83%
107
100%
39
87%
33
73%
26
32%
28
34%
174
32%
379
71%
30
21%
75
52%
82
77%
90
84%
36
80%
38
84%
18
22%
23
28%
178
33%
301
56%
33
23%
61
42%
48
45%
46
43%
19
42%
26
58%
16
20%
15
18%
136
25%
266
50%
28
19%
58
40%
50
47%
52
49%
17
38%
23
51%
14
17%
20
24%
Colour code key:
Low: 0% - 50%
Medium: 51% - 84%
High: 85%+
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On business
3%
Shopper
50%
Railway station
0%
Food & drink
21%
Visitor
3%
Community facility
17%
No answer
2%
Going to work
0%
Resident
4%
PURPOSE OF VISIT: SATURDAY HALF TERM (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
On business
3%
Shopper
44%
Food & drink
28%
Visitor
1%
Community facility
20%
No answer
1%
Going to work
0%
Resident
3%
PURPOSE OF VISIT: SATURDAY TERM TIME (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
On business
7%
Shopper
48%
Railway station
1%
Food & drink
19%
Visitor
2%
Community facility
16%
No answer
4%
Resident
3%
PURPOSE OF VISIT: WEDNESDAY HALF TERM (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
On business
8%
Shopper
43%
Food & drink
15%
Visitor
4%
Community facility
23%
No answer
3%
School drop off
1%
Resident
3%
PURPOSE OF VISIT: WEDNESDAY TERM TIME (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
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19
155
3
109
9
74
7
5%
41%
1%
29%
2%
20%
2%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
0
50
100
150
200
On business Shopper Railway
station
Food & drink Visitor Community
facility
No answer
BASED ON USERS PARKING AT BARONS ROAD CAR PARK, WHAT WAS
THEIR PURPOSE OF USE? (ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED)
No. People % of People
19
44
0
47
11
53
18
45
8%
19%
0%
20%
5%
22%
8%
19%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
On
business
Shopper Railway
station
Food &
drink
Visitor Community
facility
No answer Resident
BASED ON USERS PARKING AT BRICKFIELDS CAR PARK, WHAT WAS
THEIR PURPOSE OF USE? (ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED)
No. People % of People
19
51
0
41
4
18
3
14%
38%
0%
30%
3%
13%
2%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
On business Shopper Railway
station
Food & drink Visitor Community
facility
No answer
BASED ON USERS PARKING AT KNIGHTS STREET CAR PARK, WHAT
WAS THEIR PURPOSE OF USE? (ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED)
No. People % of People
6
9
0
25
3
113
6
4%
6%
0%
15%
2%
70%
4%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
On business Shopper Railway
station
Food & drink Visitor Community
facility
No answer
BASED ON USERS PARKING AT THE LEISURE CENTRE CAR PARK,
WHAT WAS THEIR PURPOSE OF USE? (ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED)
No. People % of People
9
424
1
87
7 7
1
2 2
2%
79%
0%
16%
1% 1%
0%
0% 0%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
BASED ON USERS PARKING AT THE ASDA CAR PARK, WHAT WAS
THEIR PURPOSE OF USE? (ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED)
No. People % of People
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72
683
4
309
34
265
35
2
2
45
5%
47%
0%
21%
2%
18%
2%
0% 0%
3%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
0
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
800
On business Shopper Railway station Food & drink Visitor Community facility No answer School drop off Going to work Resident
Percentage of people %
Number of people
Purpose of visit
FOR ALL CAR PARKS AND ALL SURVEY DAYS COMBINED, 1451 RESPONSES WERE COLLECTED FOR "PURPOSE OF VISIT" - FROM THESE RESPONSES, WHAT
NUMBER/PERCENT OF PEOPLE WE USING THE CAR PARKS FOR:
Number of people Percent of people
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0-2 hours
63%
3-4 hours
25%
5-6 hours
1%
7-9 hours
3%
Over 9 hours
4%
No answer
4%
USUAL LENGTH OF STAY: SATURDAY HALF TERM (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
0-2 hours
62%
3-4 hours
33%
5-6 hours
0%
7-9 hours
2%
Over 9 hours
2%
No answer
1%
USUAL LENGTH OF STAY: SATURDAY TERM TIME (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
0-2 hours
62%
3-4 hours
21%
5-6 hours
1%
7-9 hours
3%
Over 9 hours
8%
No answer
5%
USUAL LENGTH OF STAY: WEDNESDAY HALF TERM (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
0-2 hours
56%
3-4 hours
24%
5-6 hours
5%
7-9 hours
7%
Over 9 hours
3%
No answer
5%
USUAL LENGTH OF STAY: WEDNESDAY TERM TIME (ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED)
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1 - 2 days a week
48%
3 - 4 days a week
25%
5+ days a week
10%
Daily (5 days a week)
10%
No answer
4%
Once a month
0%
Twice a month
1%
Less than 4 times a year
1%
First time
1%
FREQUENCY OF USE, SATURDAY (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS) ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED
1 - 2 days a week
56%
3 - 4 days a week
33%
5+ days a week
3%
Daily (5 days a week)
3%
No answer
1%
Twice a month
3%
First time
1%
FREQUENCY OF USE, SATURDAY (TERM TIME) ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED
1 - 2 days a week
45%
3 - 4 days a week
24%
5+ days a week
14%
Daily (5 days a week)
6%
No answer
6%
Once a month
1%
Twice a month
2%
First time
2%
FREQUENCY OF USE, WEDNESDAY (SCHOOL HOLIDAYS) ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED
1 - 2 days a week
41%
3 - 4 days a week
31%
5+ days a week
7%
Daily (5 days a week)
8%
No answer
4%
Once a month
1%
Twice a month
3%
First time
5%
FREQUENCY OF USE, WEDNESDAY (TERM TIME) ALL CAR PARKS COMBINED
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Barons Road Car Park
75%
Asda Car Park
25%
BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID THEY WERE A RAILWAY USER OF SOUTH WOODHAM
FERRERS, WHERE DO THEY PARKS? (ALL DATES COMBINED)
Brickfields Car Park
100%
BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID THEY WERE A RESIDENT OF SOUTH WOODHAM
FERRERS, WHERE DO THEY PARK? (ALL DATES COMBINED)
Leisure Centre Car Park
1%
Asda Car Park
62%
Knights Street
8%
Brickfields Car Park
6%
Barons Road Car Park
23%
BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID THEY WERE SHOPPERS OF SOUTH WOODHAM
FERRERS, WHERE DO THEY PARK? (ALL DATES COMBINED)
Leisure Centre Car Park
8%
Asda Car Park
28%
Knights Street
13%
Brickfields Car Park
15%
Barons Road Car Park
36%
BASED ON THOSE WHO SAID THEY WERE USING FOOD AND DRINK FACILITIES IN
SOUTH WOODHAM FERRERS, WHERE DO THEY PARK? (ALL DATES COMBINED)
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NB: Non CM postcodes include the following places: London, Swindon, France and Southend-on-Sea.
Please refer to appendix B (page 14) for further details of postcode breakdown.
Car only
90%
Not specified
1%
Cycle
2%
Rail services
1%
Taxi
1%
Walking
6%
WHAT OTHER TRANSPORT METHOD WOULD USERS USE TO TRAVEL INTO TOWN?
(ALL DATA COMBINED)
South Woodham Ferrers
(& neighbouring villages)
76%
Chelmsford South
3%
Chelmsford North West
2%
Bishop's Stortford
3%
Unknown
14%
Burnham/Southminster
1%
Non CM postcodes
1%
WHERE WERE CAR PARK USERS TRAVELLING FROM?
(ALL DATA COMBINED)
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South Woodham Ferrers &
Neighbouring Villages
Chelmsford South Chelmsforth North West Bishop's Stortford Burnham/Southminster Non CM postcodes Unknown
On business
41 2 2 4 1 2 19
Shopper
580 20 21 22 9 2 27
Railway station
3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Food & drink
251 12 9 6 4 1 29
Visitor
9 0 2 4 0 5 14
Community facility
180 9 1 5 2 0 68
No answer
18 0 0 0 0 0 17
Resident
38 1 0 1 0 0 5
School drop off
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Going to work
2 0 0 0 0 0 0
41
2 2
4
1
2
19
20
21
22
9
2
27
3
1
251
12
9
6
4
1
29
9
2
4
5
14
180
9
1
5
2
68
18
17
38
1 1
5
2 2
0
100
200
300
No. people who answered
Travelling from
BASED ON WHERE USERS ARE TRAVELLING FROM, WHY DO THEY USE THE CAR PARK?
(ALL CAR PARKS & DATES COMBINED)
580
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4
1 1
3
49
39
33
18
30
76
77
68
35
46
101
58
34
18
19
143
54
37
21
24
86
44
8
10
7
2
4
0
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
Asda Car Park Barons Road Car Park Brickfields Car Park Knights Street Leisure Centre Car Park
NO. PEOPLE
CAR PARK
AGE RANGES OF USERS FOR EACH CAR PARK (ALL SURVEY DATES COMBINED)
17-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 65+ No answer
Copy of South Woodham Ferrers Car Parks Questionnaire
South Woodham Ferrers Town Council has commissioned Alpha Parking to carry out survey work
on parking habits in the town Car Parks. Surveys will take place on Wednesday 28th and Saturday
31st August 2019 and again on Wednesday 18th and Saturday 21st September 2019.
The research being carried out will help ensure that we understand the needs of the car park’s
users.
Would you like to take part in a quick survey please? It will take less than a minute to complete. We
will not collect any information that can be used to identify yourself or your car.
DD/MM/YYYY
Date / Time
1. Date
2. What is the first three letter/numbers of your postcode?
(this will help identify the town/district to ascertain the start point of the journey)
*
3. Which car park do you mainly use?
Main Town Centre Car Park (outside Asda)
Barons Road Car Park
Brickfields Car Park
Leisure Centre / Swimming Pool Car Park
Knights Street
4. What is the purpose of using this car park?
On Business
Shopper
Railway station
Food & drink
Visitor to the area
Community facility
No answer
Other (please specify)
Less often (please specify)
5. What is the frequency of use?*
Daily (5 days a week)
1 - 2 days a week
3 - 4 days a week
5+ days a week
No answer
Other
6. Approximately how many hours would you stay?*
0-2 hours
3-4 hours
5-6 hours
7-9 hours
Over 9 hours
No answer
7. What is your age range?*
17-25
26-35
36-45
46-55
56-65
65+
No answer
8. What is your gender?*
Male
Female
No answer
9. Would you use another transport method to travel to the town?
Yes
No
10. If yes, what transport method do you use?
Walking
Cycle
Taxi
Motorcycle
Bus
Rail services
Other (please specify)
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APPENDIX B POSTCODE AREAS
CM0
Burnham-on-Crouch & Southminster
CM1
Chelmsford North West
Writtle, Broomfield, Roxwell, High Easter, Boyton Cross, Highwood, Chalk End etc.
CM2
Chelmsford South
Writtle, Great Baddow, Chelmer Village, Sandon, Howe Green, West Hanningfield etc.
CM3
South Woodham Ferrers & neighbouring villages
Purleigh, Hatfield Peveral, Boreham, Pleshey, Latchingdon, Bicknacre etc
CM4
Ingatestone
CM5
Ongar
CM6
Dunmow
CM7
Braintree
CM8
Witham
CM9
Maldon
CM11
Billericay
CM12
CM13
Brentwood
CM14
CM15
CM16
Epping
CM17
Harlow
CM18
CM19
CM20
CM21
Sawbridgeworth
CM22
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23
CM24
Stansted
CM77
Braintree
CM92
Chelmsford
CM98
CM99
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