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Lower city parking charges ‘strictly a limited offer’
MAKE the most of the steep reductions in car parking charges in Worcester – they are unlikely to stay in force beyond September.
The leader of Worcester City Council said the huge cuts in prices across the city are “a limited offer” and are unlikely to become permanent.
As your Worcester News revealed on Monday, the reductions include all-day parking at St Martin’s Gate multi-storey for £3.60, down from £6, while all-day stays after 10am at the Cattle Market fall from £6 to £2.70.
The council does want some kind of permanent reductions in prices, with the cabinet set to receive a series of recommendations in October or November.
But they are unlikely to match the deals currently available as it would mean a huge drop in income.
Coun Simon Geraghty said: “My view is that it is a limited offer, very much aimed at getting people to come in and stay longer. We’re very much at a time where people are watching the pennies rather than just the pounds.
“The reductions will have a big impact on the budget. What it will do is test the market so we can see what difference it makes. This is about looking at demand and assessing it, so we’ve got something useful to examine when it comes to the recommendations in the autumn.”
Once the cabinet makes a decision on the new prices, it will then need to go to a vote before full council, which is likely to be in November.
The Conservatives, who control the city council as a minority administration, will be calling on the help of the Liberal Democrats in finalising the new pricing structure.
Coun Geraghty said: “Talking as the Conservative leader, we put in our manifesto that we want to reduce the prices and we’d still seek to do that. But clearly, given that we’re a minority administration we need to win the battle of ideas.”
The current short term deals make Worcester among the cheapest cities in the country for day-long parking rates.
Prices at Croft Road and Tybridge Street car parks for all-day stays after 10am are now £1.80, down from £3.50.