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Cabinet considers big reductions for some car parking tariffs
Cotswold District Council�s Cabinet is proposing big reductions to some car parking tariffs and a cheaper season ticket option which would be welcomed by many motorists and traders across the district.
At their forthcoming meeting on Thursday 17 January, Cabinet members will consider a number of proposals which would reduce the cost of parking for many drivers. The most notable proposals are the introduction of an all-day �2 tariff at the Cirencester Beeches car park and the extension of a 50p short stay charge to all CDC car parks. The Cabinet is also considering a new �288 annual five-hours per day parking permit to meet the specific needs of part-time workers. There�s also potentially good news for motorists in Moreton-in-Marsh who would see a reduction in charges to bring them in line with Tetbury. Additionally, there are plans to align charges and hours at two of Tetbury�s car parks, providing greater customer choice.
Commenting on the proposals, CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, said:
�We realise that many families across the district are finding it hard to make ends meet and we have already made a commitment not to increase parking charges in the district over the next three years. These proposals signal that we are also recommending some cheaper tariffs and an impressive range of changes to benefit local motorists, traders and the workforce by encouraging greater use of off-street car parks. In particular, I believe that the introduction of a 30 minute 50p option and the season ticket to benefit part-time workers should make a real difference � this means that parking charges for a part-timer working five days a week would be just over �1 a day and even less if they work more days.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr David Fowles, added:
�Last year we joined forces with Cirencester Town Council, the County Council and the local Chamber of Commerce to form the Cirencester Parking Partnership so we could undertake a strategic review of parking in the town. We consulted widely with the public, and their comments made it clear that we need to encourage more people to use off-street car parks and free up more space on-street for residents and short-stay visitors. We believe that these suggested changes would help to achieve those aims.
�The Beeches car park is just a short walk from the town centre and should attract more users if we introduce the �2 all day tariff. Additionally, we are conscious that some people want to pop in to their local high street for a very quick shop and the 50p half hour offer should encourage this habit while freeing up parking spaces more frequently.
�We are not the main provider of car parking spaces in Moreton-in-Marsh, and we now think that we should only charge the same parking fees that apply in a similar market town like Tetbury. This means that the one hour charge would reduce from �1.30 to 70p and the two hour fee would be �1.50 instead of the current �2.30. In Tetbury itself we want to simplify the parking arrangements. At present the Church Street car park is short stay and is right next to the West Street car park which is long stay. We would aim to harmonise charges in both to provide greater customer choice.�
: 11/01/2013 10:46:53
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