Don't charge people to park near the Splashpad

Worcester News: The popular Splashpad at Gheluvelt Park The popular Splashpad at Gheluvelt Park

A POPULAR free car park in Worcester is set to introduce charging for the first time - despite claims it is "insensitive".

The Waterworks Road car park, mainly used by people visiting Worcester's Splashpad and Gheluvelt Park, will charge people £1 for four hours use or more from April.

The move is aimed at ensuring commuters or shoppers don't use it to dump their car for the day before walking into the city.

A committee of Worcester politicians is calling for the city council to scrap the idea, saying it could hit people who want to make a day out of Gheluvelt Park in the summer.

Some even say the charging is wrong because 2014 marks the centenary of the First World War, and the park has unique links to it due to the infamous Battle of Gheluvelt on October 31, 1914.

Names of fallen soldiers are inscribed into a special rusting display at the park to remember them.

The charges would apply from 10am-4pm daily.

Councillor Roger Knight said: "That particular area has become quite a visitor attraction, Gheluvelt Park really is a superb place.

"To put a charge on this parking is completely wrong, it's also a little bit insensitive given the fact we're in 2014, close to the anniversary of World War One.

"It's a bad move and I'd urge the cabinet to reject it."

During a debate at a meeting of the performance, management and budget scrutiny committee last night, fellow councillors said they had concerns too.

Councillor George Squires said: "If we start charging it will deter people from parking there and they'll park in nearby residential streets, which are congested anyway."

Councillor Lucy Hodgson said: "We say Gheluvelt Park with the Splashpad is part of the 'package' we've got in the city, but what if people want to spend all day there?

"It could cause visitors to the park genuine difficulty."

Councillor Joy Squires, who chaired the meeting, said it was a "complex issue" as the council did not want to put people off using the attraction.

The committee agreed to make a request to the Labour-led cabinet for "no controls" to be put on the car park.

It will be considered as part of the budget plans for 2014/15.

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11:55am Wed 5 Feb 14

jb says...

The move is aimed at ensuring commuters or shoppers don't use it to dump their car for the day before walking into the city.

I wonder if anyone from the council has taken the time to monitor the car park to assess whether or not people are actually using it as free parking for the city centre?
The move is aimed at ensuring commuters or shoppers don't use it to dump their car for the day before walking into the city. I wonder if anyone from the council has taken the time to monitor the car park to assess whether or not people are actually using it as free parking for the city centre? jb

11:55am Wed 5 Feb 14

CJH says...

Surely £1 for four hours won't discourage shoppers or commuters? So what's the point?
Surely £1 for four hours won't discourage shoppers or commuters? So what's the point? CJH

12:35pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Piccolo says...

Parking charges in and around the centre of Worcester are excessive & unreasonable, but surely no-one can complain about £1 for 4 hours? I'd like to think this heralds a more reasonable, balanced approach from the City Council on car park charges but I won't hold my breath.
Parking charges in and around the centre of Worcester are excessive & unreasonable, but surely no-one can complain about £1 for 4 hours? I'd like to think this heralds a more reasonable, balanced approach from the City Council on car park charges but I won't hold my breath. Piccolo

1:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Raymond Delauney says...

I never thought of parking there and then walking to work. Thanks Worcester News.
I never thought of parking there and then walking to work. Thanks Worcester News. Raymond Delauney

1:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Marant says...

How brainless can they get - they actively state that they're trying to dissuade shoppers and workers from coming to the city?! All to make what? A few pounds from parking, and almost certainly not enough to cover the costs of putting the scheme in place.

I would say 'and these are the people that were voted in?!' but they weren't.

Absolutely typical of a labour council too, put charges on everything to raise cash to buy their votes - how else are they going to pay for the across the board pay rises they've introduced?
How brainless can they get - they actively state that they're trying to dissuade shoppers and workers from coming to the city?! All to make what? A few pounds from parking, and almost certainly not enough to cover the costs of putting the scheme in place. I would say 'and these are the people that were voted in?!' but they weren't. Absolutely typical of a labour council too, put charges on everything to raise cash to buy their votes - how else are they going to pay for the across the board pay rises they've introduced? Marant

1:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DaleWilson966 says...

This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!!
This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage!
This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!! This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage! DaleWilson966

1:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

CJH says...

DaleWilson966 wrote:
This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!!
This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage!
Wrong side of the bed this morning?
[quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!! This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage![/p][/quote]Wrong side of the bed this morning? CJH

1:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Marant says...

CJH wrote:
DaleWilson966 wrote:
This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!!
This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage!
Wrong side of the bed this morning?
Nope - he's trolling just about every thread.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!! This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage![/p][/quote]Wrong side of the bed this morning?[/p][/quote]Nope - he's trolling just about every thread. Marant

1:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DaleWilson966 says...

Marant wrote:
CJH wrote:
DaleWilson966 wrote:
This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!!
This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage!
Wrong side of the bed this morning?
Nope - he's trolling just about every thread.
I see, you think anyone that speeks the truth is a 'troll"
[quote][p][bold]Marant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!! This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage![/p][/quote]Wrong side of the bed this morning?[/p][/quote]Nope - he's trolling just about every thread.[/p][/quote]I see, you think anyone that speeks the truth is a 'troll" DaleWilson966

3:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mrwrighty says...

jb wrote:
The move is aimed at ensuring commuters or shoppers don't use it to dump their car for the day before walking into the city.

I wonder if anyone from the council has taken the time to monitor the car park to assess whether or not people are actually using it as free parking for the city centre?
If they didn't know, they do now, at least until April
[quote][p][bold]jb[/bold] wrote: The move is aimed at ensuring commuters or shoppers don't use it to dump their car for the day before walking into the city. I wonder if anyone from the council has taken the time to monitor the car park to assess whether or not people are actually using it as free parking for the city centre?[/p][/quote]If they didn't know, they do now, at least until April mrwrighty

3:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mrwrighty says...

The cost of installing the meters must run into tens of thousands, it is really that necessary, and how long before the cost is recouped.
The cost of installing the meters must run into tens of thousands, it is really that necessary, and how long before the cost is recouped. mrwrighty

4:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Guy66 says...

DaleWilson966 wrote:
Marant wrote:
CJH wrote:
DaleWilson966 wrote:
This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!!
This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage!
Wrong side of the bed this morning?
Nope - he's trolling just about every thread.
I see, you think anyone that speeks the truth is a 'troll"
I'm OUTRAGED by the outrage in this outrageous comment!
[quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DaleWilson966[/bold] wrote: This is an OUtrage!!! Why should the British ratepayer be expected to foot the bill just because kids want to get wet. Ive got half a mind to go round to these childrens houses and ask them to pay my water bill, ohh different then!!! This is a waste of rate payers water, theres not going to be enough left for me to water my garden, talk about crop failure, you dont get people starting an appeal because my daffodils dont flower, its an outrage![/p][/quote]Wrong side of the bed this morning?[/p][/quote]Nope - he's trolling just about every thread.[/p][/quote]I see, you think anyone that speeks the truth is a 'troll"[/p][/quote]I'm OUTRAGED by the outrage in this outrageous comment! Guy66

6:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

brooksider says...

Do the City Council have the legal right to charge for parking here?
At the time of the Official opening of the Enviroment Centre, the car park was unadopted.
I wonder if they have adopted it since then?
Do the City Council have the legal right to charge for parking here? At the time of the Official opening of the Enviroment Centre, the car park was unadopted. I wonder if they have adopted it since then? brooksider

7:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

DarrenM says...

brooksider wrote:
Do the City Council have the legal right to charge for parking here?
At the time of the Official opening of the Enviroment Centre, the car park was unadopted.
I wonder if they have adopted it since then?
The council, like the police force, has little time for legalities,the law only applies to private citizens in Worcestershire.
It was only a few years back they tried to declare a cycle lane on a privately owned footpath in the city. No doubt they can't wait to concrete over the park so they sell it off for another half empty shopping centre.
[quote][p][bold]brooksider[/bold] wrote: Do the City Council have the legal right to charge for parking here? At the time of the Official opening of the Enviroment Centre, the car park was unadopted. I wonder if they have adopted it since then?[/p][/quote]The council, like the police force, has little time for legalities,the law only applies to private citizens in Worcestershire. It was only a few years back they tried to declare a cycle lane on a privately owned footpath in the city. No doubt they can't wait to concrete over the park so they sell it off for another half empty shopping centre. DarrenM

2:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Vagslimer says...

I will park my lorry there and take up many spaces, especially at £1 for 4 hours. They are looking at getting rid of lorry parking by the river, this will be the new place!
I will park my lorry there and take up many spaces, especially at £1 for 4 hours. They are looking at getting rid of lorry parking by the river, this will be the new place! Vagslimer

2:08am Fri 7 Feb 14

chrism says...

Vagslimer wrote:
I will park my lorry there and take up many spaces, especially at £1 for 4 hours. They are looking at getting rid of lorry parking by the river, this will be the new place!
Presumably this is a particularly low lorry?
[quote][p][bold]Vagslimer[/bold] wrote: I will park my lorry there and take up many spaces, especially at £1 for 4 hours. They are looking at getting rid of lorry parking by the river, this will be the new place![/p][/quote]Presumably this is a particularly low lorry? chrism

4:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

The Curious Kumquat says...

Typical, just another way of extracting an extra few £ out of us hard up Worcester dwellers. No visits to the Splashpad / park for our kids this year then :( Can't be doing with walking there or paying to park....

...It was also jolly handy for dumping the car there and walking into town for shopping etc.
Typical, just another way of extracting an extra few £ out of us hard up Worcester dwellers. No visits to the Splashpad / park for our kids this year then :( Can't be doing with walking there or paying to park.... ...It was also jolly handy for dumping the car there and walking into town for shopping etc. The Curious Kumquat

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