Car parking charges to rise for first time in three years

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Car parking charges to rise for first time in three years

Posted: 19/08/2011 13:59:37

Herefordshire Council is to increase car parking charges in Ledbury for the first time in three years but people will still be able to park all day for free at the Bridge Street car park.

Parking will remain free in all council-owned car parks in Ledbury after 6pm and on Bank Holidays but charges are being introduced for Sundays, in line with neighbouring authorities.

Sunday parking will be free in Bridge Street car park and will also be capped at a maximum of £2 for all day parking in the other council-owned car parks.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, transportation and waste, said: “People using car parks in Ledbury have paid the same prices for the past three years despite rising inflation and the increase in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent.

“We need to raise charges so we can continue to maintain the car parks to a high standard as well as ensuring we can cope with budgetary pressures following the Government’s reduction in funding.

“The fact people can still park all day in Ledbury for free is incredible when compared with neighbouring towns such as Malvern where it costs £3.

“We realise car parks are vital to the vitality of the town and have kept the increases to a reasonable level as well as having lower charges on Sundays and keeping Bank Holidays free ,” he added.

The new charges will be advertised prior to coming into effect on November 1, 2011.

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