The pilot scheme is ready to go, and CRAP, who have been campaigning on this issue for some time, have worked out a way to make the scheme "cost neutral", which means that the County Council won't have to spend any money on it. They have done this by working with existing road signs as much as possible, while encouraging use of the Pay and Display, and selling permits to residents (and temporary permits to visitors). They are also hopeful that a new 48 bay Pay and Display car park on the cattle market will bring in more income.
In the red zone (there will be maps, but this is basically the main retail area of town and the car park by the Cheese Market) it will be resident's parking only, with the usual proviso that cars have to be moved for the Thursday market. There will be two new parking places outside the HSBC bank, where a lot of people stop to use the cash machine. These will mainly be 1 hour bays, between 8am and 6pm, with a couple of 30 minute bays at the wide end of Lion Street near the Clock Tower, and two new bays outside the Wholefood Shop. There will also be two new bays in the Bull Ring, and three more under the Castle wall. Four more new spaces will be along Chancery Lane.
In the green zone, around the centre (Heol-y-Dwr and Oxford Street, mainly) will give residents unlimited parking and anyone else has to stick to the time restrictions. This includes the bays outside the Council Chambers, and the residential end of Lion Street, and down Church Street.
There are also thoughts of a new car park across the bridge opposite The Start, where it would be screened by the trees.
At the moment, Powys County Council sells parking permits for its long term car parks at £150 for a year. A Resident's Permit will cost £52 for a year, with a second permit available for the same address at £78, but only two permits per address. It won't guarantee the car a space, but it will mean the car won't get a ticket when it is parked.
Temporary One Day Parking Permits will be issued in books of 5 or 10 at £4 each day - this is higher than the main car park to encourage people to try parking there first.
And finally, they will be looking at the possibility of putting a zebra crossing in between the Blue Boar and Jones Hardware (I know I'd find that quite useful!).
There's a lot more detail in the actual documents, but I think this gives the general gist of it.