District’s parking charges to be reviewed

​Ref: PR 8244
Date: 01/06/2016

A full review of all parking charges across the district is be launched, to ensure that the new policy does more to support local business, local people and secure the future of parking facilities.

The review, which will be launched later this year, will consult members of the public on proposals for a new parking charges policy.

The aim of the new approach is to try and provide more support for the economic growth of local businesses, meet the needs of people who come into the city and town centres and ensure the Council can continue to maintain and improve parking facilities.

This June (Monday 13) will see the first increase in parking charges for on and off street parking since 2011. This is necessary to ensure the Council can continue to provide car parking facilities and meet the costs of providing the service. However, any future increases will be planned in line with the new policy.

Cllr Mathew Morley, Cabinet member for Transport and Highways said: "This year it is essential to make some changes so that we can meet the costs of providing car parking. These costs have risen over the last five years, but we have not had any increase to parking charges since 2011.

"Going forward I want to see a charging policy built around supporting the economic growth of our towns and city, and one that supports those who live and work in the district, as well as meeting the essential costs of providing the facilities.

"The consultation will be a key part of the review and I would like to hear from businesses and residents once the proposals are put forward, later this year."

The review will explore benchmarking the district's charges to those in similar and neighbouring authorities, a consistent and zonal approach to parking and a sustainable charging regime. The Council is keen to continue providing free Christmas parking and the review will look at how this can be sustained.