CDC Puts a Brake On Some Parking Charges

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CDC Puts a Brake On Some Parking Charges

Cotswold District Council is deferring a proposal to extend the time period covering paid parking zones in the district until a strategic study is completed. The Council is also introducing lower than expected increases in tariffs to encourage greater use of car parks by shoppers and traders, and season ticket holders.

Proposals by Cotswold District Council to extend the time period covering paid parking by two hours have been deferred so that the Cabinet can consider them within the context of a strategic review of parking due in March. Commenting on the decision, Councillor Mark Tufnell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Communities, said: "This allows us sufficient time to take into account all of the issues arising from this proposal, including green considerations and the views of regular users."

Councillor Tufnell also recommended that tariffs for all day parking and 30 minute parking would be frozen at last year’s prices and announced that tariffs for one hour and two hour parking would each rise by 10p instead of a planned 20p increase in the two hour band.

Councillor Tufnell also acknowledged that season tickets for car parks at Beeches (Cirencester), Station Road (Moreton-in-Marsh) and West Street (Tetbury) would be reduced by £70 per year to encourage greater use. More generally, plans to increase season tickets elsewhere by 20% have been amended and a rise of 10% will now be levied to lessen the impact on the business sector.

He also noted that the cost of permits for off-peak parking would rise from £30 to £40 in line with the County Council residents charge.

Councillor Tufnell continued: "We recognise that, as part of our Mid-Term Financial Plan, we need to increase car parking charges. Nevertheless, I think the current proposals – which include some price freezes and actual reductions – are a sensible way forward."

The recommendations on parking charges will now be considered by the Council at its meeting on 25 February.

Posted : 11/02/2010 11:42:14

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