Another step closer to increase in parking charges

New Parking Machine Salisbury Central Car Park 2 (Faye Marsh)

5:35am 12th September 2017
(Updated 12:51pm 19th October 2017)

We're one step closer to having to fork out more to park in Salisbury and Amesbury.

A consultation will be launched shortly on the plans that would see the cost rise here and across the county by 12%.

It's the first county wide increase since 2011 and affects almost all car parks.

The proposals could also include new charges for Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Wiltshire Council say the move is needed to generate extra income to help protect subsidies for local bus routes.

It currently costs the authority over £7m to subsidise rural bus services.

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways and transport, said its a reluctant move:

"We don't want to increase parking charges, however subsidising public transport is so important in a rural county, and without income generated from car parks we could lose many vital bus services."

WHAT WILL THE INCREASES MEAN IN SALISBURY?

Charges vary slightly across Salisbury's car park but you can expect:

  • 1 hr to go up by 20p
  • 2hr to go up by 30p
  • 3hr to go up 40/50p
  • 4hr to go up by 50/60p
  • 5 hr to go up 60/70p

All day car parking in Salisbury would cost £8.90
Parking on a Sunday in Salisbury would go up 20p to £1.90

IMPACT ON CAR PARKING IN AMESBURY:

  • No increase for 1 hr
  • 2 hrs to go up 10p
  • 3hrs to go up 20p
  • 4hr to go up 20/30p
  • 5hr to go up 30/40p

Under the plans Amesbury's central car park could lose the 30 free "yellow" parking bays.

In 2016/17 Wiltshire Council made £3.7m net profit from parking which goes towards supporting local bus services.

A report highlights the council's parking service is facing "significant cost pressures" including business rates, equipment upgrades and maintenance works as well as inflation.

To fund these improvements the local authority needs a "one off" sum of £125,000 and to find £133,000 each year.

HAVE YOUR SAY:

Local people will be able to comment on the options ( listed below)  that Wiltshire Council has come up with to raise the money.

Amesbury Town, Salisbury City Council and the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID) will also be asked to come up with ideas.

  • Option 1: Apply an inflation increase to all parking charges
  • Option 2: Introduce Sunday and Bank / Public Holiday charging at all car parks
  • Option 3: Charge in all Wiltshire Council car parks
  • Option 4: Discontinue free event parking in November and December
  • Option 5: Base season ticket charges on the standard rate charges
  • Option 6: Harmonise residents’ parking permit charges
  • Option 7: Reduce the parking grace period to ten minutes

Wiltshire Council has also stressed the proposals include investment to improve customer service through parking bay sensors, automatic number plate recognition for residents' parking zones, static cameras outside schools and body worn cameras.

If the plans get approved the new charges would be introduced in January.

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