June 7th, 2011 |
Tonight’s Council Decisions On Car Parking
At tonights’s special Full Council Meeting, the District Council approved the following decisions:
From sometime in October, car parking charges change as follows:
The Council will get new pay and display machines, that will also allow payment by credit cards and by “wave and pay”. These machines will also be configured to allow “linear charging” – so if you don’t have the right change and put too much money in, you are credited with extra minutes.
Payment will also be allowed by mobile phone – very useful if you are stuck somewhere and can’t get back to your car in time…
The trader refund scheme will be ended
No charging for car parks in Hockley Woods or Cherry Orchard Country Park – but this will be looked at again for next year.
All these decisions to be reviewed after they have been implemented for 6 months.
We are pleased to see the council has kept free parking on Saturday afternoons, and delighted to see the half-hour parking period come back. (The Conservatives praised our Lib Dem colleague June Lumley for her work on the half-hour period) The extra methods of payment could be very useful. The increases are probably less than we feared. So all in all, we were reasonably content- the only thing we asked for but didn’t get was for charging to stop at 6pm instead of 7 pm.