Council proposals to consult on car parking chargesPublished Thursday, 24th October 2019
The Council is developing an ambitious strategy to support investment and improvement in housing quality, regeneration, environmental enforcement and customer services.
In light of the ongoing financial challenge facing local government, the Council must also act more commercially and ensure it recovers reasonable costs in relation to the services it provides.
Following a four year price freeze, the council will be setting out a number of options to address the deficit in the car parking by increasing charges. It proposes that two options should be considered for public consultation with a view to establishing the local preference.
The consultation will also provide an opportunity for members of the public to comment on whether a small charge should be introduced on St Mary’s car park for evening and Sunday parking with any income used to support environmental and climate change projects. Views will be sought on whether to retain the 20 minute free parking allowance in certain areas of the town and whether the premium car parking charge on a Tuesday should remain.
By generating additional income and closing the deficit, the Council will be in a position to invest resources in those areas that matter most to our residents. The public consultation will therefore consider a range of proposed investment areas alongside the options to increase revenue from car parking charges in the most appropriate way.
Alongside the review of car parking charges, the Council will be improving access by providing the facility for cashless payments, providing multiple means of payments utilising technology to ensure an easier and more convenient approach to pay for parking.
Cllr, John Illingworth, Portfolio Holder said:
“I am delighted that alongside any changes in the charging structure we will also be improving access through the adoption of a cashless payments system. Melton residents and businesses have benefitted from a four year price freeze, but the Council has to ensure it has secured sufficient income to allow it to invest in those areas that matter most to our residents. We want to tackle climate change, improve environmental quality and invest in enforcement. The additional revenue generated through car parking will help us deliver this. We want to hear from residents about what the best way to do this would be and look forward to people feeding in their views..”
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