Car parking charges reviewed
Posted on: 24 February 2016
Car parking charges in North Devon are being reviewed as part of a strategy that aims to ease congestion and streamline the cost of parking across the district.
Charges have not increased for six years, whilst the running costs of the car parks have increased by £200,000.
Councillors will decide next week whether or not to implement the same pattern of charges across the majority of North Devon Council car parks, to overcome confusion caused by the number of charge variations that currently exist.
It’s proposed short stay charges will increase slightly to encourage more people to use long stay car parks if they are planning on staying for more than a couple of hours.
Year-on-year increases in car park usage means many people struggle to find a parking space in short stay town centre car parks.
If approved, the main features of the new strategy will be:
- all car parks will be charged from 8am to 6pm
- a 10p per hour increase in short stay car parks, rising to 20p per hour increase after four hours
- long stay permits will remain unchanged in almost all circumstances
- long stay car park charges will increase by 10p per day
- long stay car parks will be free on Sundays
North Devon Council Leader Des Brailey says: “Our main town centre car parks are over capacity whilst those on the periphery have spaces. We need to encourage people staying for any length of time to use our long stay car parks to ease the congestion in our short stay facilities. We also need to streamline the charges to reduce the risk of people being confused about different charges across our car parks.
“Putting car park charges up is something nobody ever wants to do, but they have remained the same for six years, whilst the costs of running our car parks have increased by 22%.
“We are offering a viable, cheaper alternative in our long stay car parks, some of which are within easy walking distance from the main town centres.”
The North Devon Council Executive will make a decision on the new strategy on Tuesday 1 March.Posted in: Community | Economy