Improve viability of alternative forms of transport first and foremost
Focus on accessiblity to retail centres etc
Prioritise parking provision for small and narrow vehicles
No one wants to pay for something that has always be free in the past, but parking in itself should never be considered in isolation from the bigger picture.
I'd like to make it easier and more convenient for people to use alternative forms of transport if they choose. There are plenty of things we can do to make walking, cycling and catching the bus more viable. Although these measures would be far more effective in conjunction with a charge for some long-stay parking, they can still make some difference even whilst parking remains free at the point of use. (It's worth remembering that the provision of "free" parking costs the taxpayer far more than is recouped through fuel duty.)
Reducing our dependency on car use has many benefits: it makes transport more affordable, it reduces air and water pollution, it helps those that want to be more active and it improves our tourist proposition, to name just a few. Parking is the single most influential factor when it comes to transport choice, so it is only sensible to consider parking in any debate on broader context.
A multi-storey car park is often mooted as a potential solution for Guernsey, but aside from the knock-on problems it could cause, there is simply no business case to answer. Multi-storey car parks are hugely expensive to build and operate: each space would cost more than £50,000. User charges per vehicle would need to be at least £2/hour to cover costs, and as a rate of 60p/hour was recently rejected by the States it's clear that this is simply not a feasible option at this point in time. This is the fundamental reason no one has ever applied to build one here in the past!