Cabinet considered the head of development and corporate landlord’s report on the annual review of the council’s car parking fees and charges. The report set out the position of the council’s car parking account, with expenditure set against income. This showed that the service was running at a significant deficit.
The Cabinet member with responsibility for car parks set out the need to reduce the deficit by increasing fees and charges. Applying no change to the current fees and charges was unsustainable and therefore rejected as an option. The options to reduce the deficit were:
A. To reduce free parking from two hours to one hour and introduce a charge of £1.50 for up to two hours
B. Increase all current fees by 40 pence
C. To make permits non-transferable between car parks
The Cabinet member recommended that Cabinet approved all three options, A, B and C. The estimated impact of these changes was that the deficit could be reduced significantly. The council’s fees and charges would still be in line with neighbouring councils.
Cabinet agreed with the proposed options, believing that these represented a balance between the need to reduce the deficit in the cost of providing the car parking service, and the need to be fair to ensure continued viability of town centres. These changes would reduce the cost of the service to council tax payers also. The council would monitor usage of the car parks to inform future decisions.
(a) approve changes to the car parking fees in line with the proposals (options A, B and C) set out in paragraphs 15 to 27 of the head of development and corporate landlord’s report to Cabinet on 4 February 2022;
(b) if the changes to the fees and charges require a change in the car parking order, to:
(i) authorise the head of legal and democratic to prepare and publish a draft order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; and
(ii) authorise the head of development and corporate landlord to oversee necessary communications and consultations and report back to Cabinet.