Wiltshire Council defend "fair" parking charges

Wiltshire Council defend "fair" parking charges

Published by Jack Deery at 5:40am 13th January 2020.

3 minute read

It comes after a comparison of prices in Salisbury and Test Valley.

Wiltshire Council have now defended the prices of parking in Salisbury saying "they are fair and represent good value for money", after a comparison showed that they were almost three times more expensive than Test Valley.

The Borough Council have slashed prices in Andover, making it one pound to park for two hours in the town. 

In Salisbury it costs an average of £2.66 for the same time. 

Car parking
Parking in Salisbury is almost three times more than Andover

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, told Spire FM: 

"It's difficult to compare parking charges between a city in Wiltshire to a town in another county without context, as it doesn't take into account the factors unique to the local area when setting charges, such as minimising traffic movements and their associated emissions, to support local businesses and the surrounding communities, and to assist funding vital services such as rural buses. It's vital to get that balance right when setting charges. 
 
To encourage greener and more sustainable transport, Wiltshire Council has built five park and ride sites in Salisbury where parking is free all day and we encourage visitors, workers and shoppers to use them for only a small transport fee. 
 
Parking is also free in our car parks across Wiltshire every Sunday. Season tickets provide a significant saving for anyone who uses car parks all day throughout the year.
 
The charges currently in place across the county followed extensive consultation and we believe they are fair and represent good value for money."

Infographic comparing car parking in Salisbury
Comparison of prices in council-owned car parks between Salisbury and Test Valley

In response to the article published, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce called upon Wiltshire Council to revisit the price of parking in the city, to which leader Phillip Whitehead replied: 

The new prices in Test Valley will come into effect from April 2020

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