Car parking prices in Worcester on the verge of being slashed

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CAR parking prices in Worcester are on the verge of being dramatically slashed - just in time for a summer holiday bonanza.

Worcester City Council's new Conservative administration is finalising plans to bring prices down to the old pre-April levels in a bid to boost the High Street - and it will be in place by the time the schools break up.

Your Worcester News can reveal how the new leadership, which came to power earlier this month, is working on a "special offer" aimed at restoring the old rates.

The previous prices included £1 after 7pm and just 40p for half-an-hour at selected car parks to encourage short trips into Worcester.

The previous Labour administration scrapped the low rates in the spring before losing office, saying there was little evidence it tempted more people into the city.

Because the new, higher prices were set as part of the 2014/15 budget back in February, legally the new leadership cannot pick it apart until September.

But to get around that in time for the holidays, they are planning to exercise their executive powers by making a "temporary offer" between now and then.

The new rates are expected to be finalised within days, before the council must wait 21 days for the prices to become active.

That means Worcester can expect cheaper parking rates by the end of July.

As well as the old 40p and £1 rates people parking for four hours or more at sites like Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street are also set to benefit as prices there went from £5 to £6 in April.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, city council leader, said: "We don't want to wait until September, we want to maximise the benefit to get it in place by the school holidays and get people back into the city."

Duncan Sharkey, city council managing director, said: "Our standard process is to look at car parking once a year - the budget was agreed back in February and there is a constitutional issue with us starting to unpick things agreed back then.

"But there is a mechanism to look at a temporary promotion, where an executive decision could be made now, before we can then look to put in place longer term plans (at the September full council meeting).

"That's the route we're looking at right now."

Before coming to power the Conservatives made a pledge to restore the old car parking rates if they got back into office.

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12:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"parking for four hours or more at sites like Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street are also set to benefit as prices there went from £5 to £6 in April. "
BUT Cornmarket at least is always full? What's the point of reducing the cost?
"parking for four hours or more at sites like Copenhagen Street, Cornmarket and Providence Street are also set to benefit as prices there went from £5 to £6 in April. " BUT Cornmarket at least is always full? What's the point of reducing the cost? I'm_not_bitter
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10:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Well the CONservatives Simon and aid Duncan seem to have forgotton that when Labour came into power in the City Council there was NO MONEY available for anything, Quite different now when the CONservatives slithered back into power there was a surpluss left them by Labour.
Perhaps Duncan that is how you can now spend on vote catching projects.

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Well the CONservatives Simon and aid Duncan seem to have forgotton that when Labour came into power in the City Council there was NO MONEY available for anything, Quite different now when the CONservatives slithered back into power there was a surpluss left them by Labour. Perhaps Duncan that is how you can now spend on vote catching projects. . Jabbadad
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1:35am Sat 28 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

Ok let's have some realism here!!! Parking charges and over zealous parking and speed enforcement is driving (no pun intended) motorists and shoppers away from Worcester. Having been on the receiving end of a £157 parking fine from the then, Labour controlled, Worcester City Council, I'm not surprised that many businesses are reporting a decline in footfall and spending power. The solution is very simple - Increase the time for on street parking zones from 45 minutes to 1hour and 10minutes (the last ten minutes giving motorists the idea that they have 1 hour to shop and 10 mins to get back to the car) IMPORTANT: lay off 50% of the traffic wardens - this will reduce the self serving need of the city council to use visiting motorists for revenue raising purposes. AND lastly, abolish the West Mercia Safety Camera Partnership - another state revenue gathering enterprise which is driving motorists away from Worcester and into other locations like, Solihull, Cheltenham, Gloucester. Perhaps it's because the camera safety partnership is based in Worcestershire that there's this excessive over enforcement - in other counties and conurbations there's hardly any enforcement and you get the feeling motorists are trusted whereas in Worcestershire it's easy bunce!!! and jobs for retired policemen to enhance their pensions.
If we want to revitalise Worcester, then we need to roll back the state and trust and support the people who can bring affluence to the city in all it's aspects.
Ok let's have some realism here!!! Parking charges and over zealous parking and speed enforcement is driving (no pun intended) motorists and shoppers away from Worcester. Having been on the receiving end of a £157 parking fine from the then, Labour controlled, Worcester City Council, I'm not surprised that many businesses are reporting a decline in footfall and spending power. The solution is very simple - Increase the time for on street parking zones from 45 minutes to 1hour and 10minutes (the last ten minutes giving motorists the idea that they have 1 hour to shop and 10 mins to get back to the car) IMPORTANT: lay off 50% of the traffic wardens - this will reduce the self serving need of the city council to use visiting motorists for revenue raising purposes. AND lastly, abolish the West Mercia Safety Camera Partnership - another state revenue gathering enterprise which is driving motorists away from Worcester and into other locations like, Solihull, Cheltenham, Gloucester. Perhaps it's because the camera safety partnership is based in Worcestershire that there's this excessive over enforcement - in other counties and conurbations there's hardly any enforcement and you get the feeling motorists are trusted whereas in Worcestershire it's easy bunce!!! and jobs for retired policemen to enhance their pensions. If we want to revitalise Worcester, then we need to roll back the state and trust and support the people who can bring affluence to the city in all it's aspects. ACBLive
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10:38am Sun 29 Jun 14

Perfman says...

Jabbadad wrote:
Well the CONservatives Simon and aid Duncan seem to have forgotton that when Labour came into power in the City Council there was NO MONEY available for anything, Quite different now when the CONservatives slithered back into power there was a surpluss left them by Labour.
Perhaps Duncan that is how you can now spend on vote catching projects.

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So you vote in favour of penalising the working man and the small business for socialist profit. Sounds just like a Champaign socialist approach to wealth reduction to me.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: Well the CONservatives Simon and aid Duncan seem to have forgotton that when Labour came into power in the City Council there was NO MONEY available for anything, Quite different now when the CONservatives slithered back into power there was a surpluss left them by Labour. Perhaps Duncan that is how you can now spend on vote catching projects. .[/p][/quote]So you vote in favour of penalising the working man and the small business for socialist profit. Sounds just like a Champaign socialist approach to wealth reduction to me. Perfman
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5:40pm Sun 29 Jun 14

sunnside says...

they should increase the cost to park in the city and the money should go to keeping and improving the park and ride sites in claines sixways and build one in the saint johns area,i for one wont visit the city once the park closes as trying to park is a nightmare it will also be interesting to see if visitor numbers drop for this years christmas fayre as a result of the park and road closing
they should increase the cost to park in the city and the money should go to keeping and improving the park and ride sites in claines sixways and build one in the saint johns area,i for one wont visit the city once the park closes as trying to park is a nightmare it will also be interesting to see if visitor numbers drop for this years christmas fayre as a result of the park and road closing sunnside
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