Worcester's parking charges slashed

Worcester News: Worcester's parking charges slashed Worcester's parking charges slashed

Parking charges in Worcester are being slashed after councillors voted it through last night.

From January motorists will be able to find a new 40p rate for half an hour in council owned sites, while after 7pm a new flat rate of £1 is being introduced.

The other major change is at St Martins Gate, where all-day parking will be £3.60 compared to £6 now.

During a fierce debate of the full council, Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader, said it was "the right step to help businesses, boost retailers and entice more people into the city."

The Labour group had called for the first hour to be free at St Martins Gate but it was rejected on the grounds it would mean anywhere from £200,000-£800,000 lost revenue.

The new charges were approved unanimously.

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11:17am Wed 28 Nov 12

brooksider says...

"it was rejected on the grounds it would mean anywhere from £200,000-£800,000 lost revenue."

Proof, if needed, that the Council's calculations are done on the back of a fag packet.
"it was rejected on the grounds it would mean anywhere from £200,000-£800,000 lost revenue." Proof, if needed, that the Council's calculations are done on the back of a fag packet. brooksider
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11:37am Wed 28 Nov 12

Red Baron says...

Brooksider is right.
No wonder the council's finances are in a mess if their estimates for costs are given in a range covering four hundred percent of the bottom estimate.
Worcester needs to realise that high car parking fees stop shoppers and visitors coming to the city.

Who wants to predict how many hours you are going to stay in the city at the start of your visit?

Get the park & ride scheme working across the whole city and have "pay as you leave" barriers and pay booths in the car parks - like most towns and cities that I visit have already implemented and they get far more shoppers than Worcester does!!.
Brooksider is right. No wonder the council's finances are in a mess if their estimates for costs are given in a range covering four hundred percent of the bottom estimate. Worcester needs to realise that high car parking fees stop shoppers and visitors coming to the city. Who wants to predict how many hours you are going to stay in the city at the start of your visit? Get the park & ride scheme working across the whole city and have "pay as you leave" barriers and pay booths in the car parks - like most towns and cities that I visit have already implemented and they get far more shoppers than Worcester does!!. Red Baron
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12:55pm Wed 28 Nov 12

brooksider says...

Red Baron wrote:
Brooksider is right.
No wonder the council's finances are in a mess if their estimates for costs are given in a range covering four hundred percent of the bottom estimate.
Worcester needs to realise that high car parking fees stop shoppers and visitors coming to the city.

Who wants to predict how many hours you are going to stay in the city at the start of your visit?

Get the park & ride scheme working across the whole city and have "pay as you leave" barriers and pay booths in the car parks - like most towns and cities that I visit have already implemented and they get far more shoppers than Worcester does!!.
The pay as you leave system is implemented in most cities because it increases revenue both to the Council and traders.

It has the extra benefit of letting the 'civil enforcement officers' patrol the streets instead of car parks.
[quote][p][bold]Red Baron[/bold] wrote: Brooksider is right. No wonder the council's finances are in a mess if their estimates for costs are given in a range covering four hundred percent of the bottom estimate. Worcester needs to realise that high car parking fees stop shoppers and visitors coming to the city. Who wants to predict how many hours you are going to stay in the city at the start of your visit? Get the park & ride scheme working across the whole city and have "pay as you leave" barriers and pay booths in the car parks - like most towns and cities that I visit have already implemented and they get far more shoppers than Worcester does!!.[/p][/quote]The pay as you leave system is implemented in most cities because it increases revenue both to the Council and traders. It has the extra benefit of letting the 'civil enforcement officers' patrol the streets instead of car parks. brooksider
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3:43pm Wed 28 Nov 12

EconoXL says...

Headline should probably read:

'Council forced into dropping prices by competitor'
Headline should probably read: 'Council forced into dropping prices by competitor' EconoXL
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10:18am Thu 29 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

I always said keep the prices reasonable and the facilities will get used, is the council finally realising that?
I always said keep the prices reasonable and the facilities will get used, is the council finally realising that? mayall8808
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11:07am Thu 29 Nov 12

Keith B says...

Good - as a rural dweller with a choice of equidistant towns/cities to visit, they may attract me back to Worcester. The evening charges in particular meant I put my money into other places for meals and entertainment.

I'm not a Worcester Council Tax Payer but those who are will now get the benefit of my spend.

Now all we have to do is to convince the Government to look at the bigger picture and start investing in Britain as as whole.
Good - as a rural dweller with a choice of equidistant towns/cities to visit, they may attract me back to Worcester. The evening charges in particular meant I put my money into other places for meals and entertainment. I'm not a Worcester Council Tax Payer but those who are will now get the benefit of my spend. Now all we have to do is to convince the Government to look at the bigger picture and start investing in Britain as as whole. Keith B
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