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Cabinet agrees changes to car parking charges


Changes have been agreed today (Tuesday) by Chichester District Council's Cabinet to car park charges in the district.

Small increases are to be introduced in Chichester city centre car parks from 1 April 2013 to cover rising costs. For more than 85% of all users this means paying just 10p or less extra to park. Someone staying for two hours in the Avenue de Chartres car park has gone up 10p from £1.40 to £1.50, and even staying for the whole day has only gone up by 20p.

In order to further improve its services to residents the council has introduced a new 20 minute tariff costing 30p in its Chichester city centre car parks.

Charges have been frozen in Midhurst and Petworth car parks for the next year and prices will also be frozen for all season ticket holders across the district. Sunday charges in Chichester city's long stay car parks will remain at the current levels.

A small increase has been agreed in the parking charges at Bosham car park and a new six hour rate has been introduced. The council has also introduced a flexible monthly permit that will make it easier for seasonal boat users to park in the car park rather than in nearby residential areas.

Meanwhile, the council will look again at changes to charges in its coastal car parks - Selsey, The Witterings and Bracklesham - and a decision will be made in due course.

The changes follow a detailed review of and consultation on car park pricing structures by the council.

Councillor Myles Cullen, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism and Car Parks, says: "As everyone is aware there are unprecedented financial pressures on councils up and down the country. No one likes increases in car parking charges but these small changes will mean that we can cover rising costs without hitting the pockets of motorists too hard.

"We realise this is a difficult time for everyone economically and so we have tried to keep any increases as small as possible. A 10p rise for over 85% of users is most reasonable. We know 'one size does not fit all' and so we have decided not to make any changes to car parking charges in Midhurst and Petworth for a further year. We are also taking a bit longer to consider some options for changes to charges in our coastal car parks.

"Even with these modest increases, our car parks will remain some of the cheapest on the south coast and are still very low compared to nearby competing centres."