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Council reminds people about changes to car parking


Chichester District Council is reminding visitors and residents about changes to its charges in its Chichester city car parks which will come into effect from this Sunday (April 1). Following a four year price freeze, hourly charges in Chichester city centre car parks will increase slightly to cover the cost of retaining the CCTV system in the district. This will mean, for example, an increase of 10p for the first hour in both the long stay and short stay tariff car parks.

A charge of £1 for four hours and £2 to stay for the whole day on Sundays in long stay car parks will also be introduced, which include around 70% of the city's car parking spaces. Spaces in the city's short stay car parks will charge the standard current tariff. Charges will apply from 10am to 5pm.

However, season tickets will be extended to cover seven days a week at no extra cost. This is to assist commuters and workers who use our car parks every day.

The changes are only for Chichester city centre car parks owned by the district council. They do not include any of the rural car parks, where prices will remain at the current levels until 1 April 2013 when the matter will be reviewed.

Chichester is not the first authority locally to introduce Sunday charges. At present, Worthing, Adur and Arun all charge on Sundays, as does Havant, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Councillor John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment, says: "There are huge pressures on the council's budget and by introducing these modest charges we are helping to protect and maintain essential services in the district. We want to help local workers during these tough economic times and this is why we have frozen season ticket prices and extended it to cover seven days.

"We have not raised the hourly tariffs in Chichester city centre car parks for four years. Due to rising inflation and the need to cover the cost of our CCTV service, we have introduced modest increases to the hourly rates in Chichester's city centre car parks.

"Although we are introducing charges on a Sunday, visitors will only pay £1 for four hours and £2 for the whole day in our long stay car parks - which amount to 70% of the city's car parking spaces. These charges will only apply from 10am - 5pm. This is a chargeable service, and although we have introduced these changes, the charges in our long stay car parks are still very low compared to nearby competing centres.

"We are working with West Sussex County Council following the review of on street parking to make sure that both off street and on street parking policies are working in harmony.

"Even with these changes, our car parks will remain some of the cheapest on the south coast."